MUNCY CREEK TOWNSHIP, LYCOMING COUNTY (WOLF) — Officials say a woman from Lycoming County was seriously hurt after being attacked by a black bear on Wednesday night.
Investigators say Melinda Lebarron was outside her home with her dog when the bear grabbed her leg and dragged her more than 80 yards from the back porch of her home in Lycoming County.
She was able to get back into the house and was able to contact a neighbor who called 911.
Friends said Lebarron suffered broken bones and deep wounds as a result of the bear attack Wednesday night outside Muncy.
Family members said the victim’s dog, a Chihuahua-Pekingese mix named Bear, saved her life.
‘We are able to ask questions and she can respond by motions. We asked if the dog went after the bear to protect her and if that is the reason she is still with us, and she nodded. That dog is the reason she’s alive’.
It is not known how the dog managed to fight off the bear but Cheyenne claimed Melinda will be able to provide more information when her condition improves.
She said of the dog: ‘Bear is doing remarkable considering the situation. She lost a lot of blood and has been under some pretty strong pain killers since but the vet today said she is alert,sitting up on her own and doing great’.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Lebarron was outside with her dog when the bear attacked.
Game Warden Chris Krebs believes a black bear dragged Lebarron approximately 88 yards from her home.
The State Game Commission spent Thursday searching for the bear in Muncy Creek Township.
“Incidents like this are extremely, extremely rare. And there are generally a number of circumstances that would contribute to an event like this and those are the kinds of things that we are looking for,” said Game Warden Kris Krebs.
According to Krebs, the woman was outside her home with her dog on Peach Orchard Road when she was attacked.
“During the course of this incident or encounter, a person was dragged approximately 88 yards by a bear,” said Krebs.
The woman was allegedly was dragged from her yard, across the street, and into the woods.
She was then able to get away and make it back to her house.
A family friend said she suffered a broken collar bone, hip, leg and jaw.
There’s a GoFundMe page set up to help cover her medical expenses.
The State Game Commission said there were deer parts found nearby that could have attracted the bear.
“There were some remains of white tail deer parts that were located in close proximity. So that is one of the factors that’s being examined,” said Krebs.
Sondra Willow, an employee at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Muncy, said Game Wardens came in to buy donuts to attract the bear.
“He told me about it and so I obviously gave him the donuts. It was mostly glazed and stuff. But that’s all I know about it, I was just hoping that the lady was okay,” said Willow.
Willow said her family has seen bears in the past, but they have never attacked them.
“I am shocked that it actually attacked someone it’s nuts, it really is,” said Willow.
Credit: Daily Mail Online