A local New Mexico woman was attacked by a bear while running in a marathon. In Jemez, New Mexico this past Saturday morning, Karen Williams was participating in the Valles Caldera National Preserve marathon when she was approached by a female bear. Turns out that the bear's cub was startled by the runners and ran up a tree, this sent the mother bear into a panic as she thought someone was attacking her young, Williams was in the wrong place at the wrong time when the bear attacked her.
Rule number one while being attacked by a bear is to play dead, well Williams did just that until other runners and paramedics were able to arrive. She was airlifted to a local hospital where she was treated for injuries to her face, head, neck, and upper body. None of these injuries were life threatening, and Williams is expected to make a full recovery.
The bear was later caught and put down due to the attack. A quote from Alexandra Sandoval, head of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fishing Conversation says:
"It is regrettable when a wildlife encounter results in human injuries and requires we euthanize the animal, We are thankful that the injuries sustained by the victim were not worse and are hopeful that she is able to recover quickly."
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