N. Minnesota woman survives rare bear attack

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A northern Minnesota woman is recovering from a rare black bear attack.

Officials say it happened Monday evening after her dog startled an adult female and three yearlings that had been hanging around her home near McGregor in recent days.

Seventy-two-year-old Darlene Baglio was clawed on her left arm and side and bitten on her right arm and leg. She went home from the hospital Tuesday morning.

A conservation officer killed the 190-pound mother bear as it charged him. Officials left the yearlings alone to fend for themselves, while the woman’s dog ran off and remained missing.

The Department of Natural Resources says it was only the fifth documented bear attack on a person in Minnesota that resulted in injuries since 1987 and the state’s first serious attack since 2005.

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