Jun 23, 2015 6:11 PM by News Staff
Fish and wildlife officials are hoping to capture a bear that attacked a Magalia woman and her dog late Monday night.
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, around 11:30 p.m. a Magalia woman let her dog outside of her Carnegie Road home after it began frantically barking. The dog ran to the side of the house, and judging by the sounds, the woman knew the dog had gotten into a fight with another animal.
Fish and Wildlife Captain Patrick Foy told Action News Now the woman walked outside believing the dog became tangled up with a raccoon, but as she got closer the bear attacked her. The woman is expected to okay despite being bit in the shoulder and scratched several times.
The dog was not as fortunate, and is currently at a local veterinary office in "serious condition."
Fish and Wildlife officials set up a baited trap in the woman's yard and were able to get the bear's DNA from the woman's clothes. The DNA taken from the clothes will be matched against any bear that winds up in the trap, and if it is found to be a different bear it will be released.
Magalia residents are urged to secure their trash or keep it in a garage, and never leave cat or dog food outside.