LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (HPD) — Wildlife officials in Washington state euthanized a black bear Saturday after it injured a woman near a park in downtown Leavenworth, a Bavarian-style town. .
The woman had let her dog out around 7 a.m. when an adult female bear attacked her, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and she was receiving care at a hospital.
Wildlife officers using a Karelian bear dog found and killed a female bear later that morning. They captured two cubs, about nine months old, and took them to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Leavenworth is located on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains in central Washington. The property where the woman was attacked is located next to Enchantment Park, a park near downtown Leavenworth with baseball fields and walking trails.
The state’s only recorded fatal black bear attack on a person was reported in 1974. Since 1970, state officials have recorded 19 cases in which black bears have injured people, according to the department.