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MCGREGOR - A 72-year- old Mcgregor woman who was attacked by a bear on Monday is still recovering.
Her son said his mother is now at home and in good condition.
The Department of Natural Resources said black bears usually stay away from humans, but the harsh winte, and lack of food may have triggered unusual behavior.
Neighbors in the quiet Mcgregor neighborhood said bears are a common seasonal sighting.
"It is common to see the bears in the first part of spring. They come out and have dens in this area. So yearly, we do spot them," said Dia Geis, a neighbor of the victim.
But Dia said, in the 16 years she's lived in Mcgregor, she's never seen or heard of a bear attacking somebody before Monday's incident.
"As the DNR said, they're coming to the feeders because there's no food or very little in the woods. We had our feeders out and they came right up to them in broad daylight," Geis said.
The DNR said they believe bird feeders were also what attracted the bears to the victim's property.
The mother bear initially ran toward the victim's golden retriever, but changed direction and attacked the 72-year-old woman.
"The bear acted somewhat aggressively and knocked her down and retreated a bit and bit her two times. One in the arm and one in the leg," said Maj. Phil Meier, DNR Enforcement Division operations manager.
When the DNR conservation officer arrived at the scene, he found the bear about 200 yards away from the scene.
"At that point, the bear did run at the officer. So, the officer shot and killed the bear," Meier said.
"Evidently the mama was going to charge the DNR, so he had to do what needs to be done in those cases. And the other three cubs, at that point were very high up in the trees," Geis said.
The DNR said black bears are normally wary of humans, and neighbors said bears haven't posed a problem before this incident.
"Somebody had said, mama was just giving a little warning because she was out there between the cubs," Geis said.
The DNR advices homeowners to remove bird feeders and any sources of food around the property, and to cover trash cans that may attract bears.
The victim's six-year old, female golden retriever has been missing since the incident.