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Woman attacked by bear near Ojai

October 19, 2012 |  3:47 pm

This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.

A female bear with a cub attacked a woman while she walked her dogs north of Ojai on Friday morning, a California Department of Fish and Game spokesman said.

The woman was able to escape with minor injuries after rolling down a hill and playing dead, Andrew Hughan said.

The unidentified woman was walking her dogs on private land or on forest service path about 7 a.m. when she saw the female bear with a cub in front of her, Hughan said. The dogs ran off, and the bear attacked the woman, leaving her with a minor wrist injury and scratches, he said.

At some point during the confrontation, the woman was able to roll down a hill to escape the bear. She then played dead until the animal lost interest in her, Hughan said.

After sniffing and circling her, the bear ran away, he said.

Hughan said the woman contacted local law enforcement and a Fish and Game investigation team are on scene investigating. He did not have any immediate details about the bear's weight or size.

Investigators confirmed that the woman was attacked by a California black bear.

There have been 16 confirmed bear attacks in California since 1980. The most recent were in the fall of 2010 at the Fallen Leaf Lake Campground near Lake Tahoe and in 2008 near Bakersfield, where a Kern County woman was mauled.

[For the Record, 4:55 p.m., Oct. 19:  An earlier version of this post incorrectly said that the most recent bear attacks in California were in 2003 in Mono County.]

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