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Woman attacked by bear in Butler Township

Butler Memorial Hospital Tower entrance on Friday March 9, 2018. Butler Eagle File Photo

A woman was rushed to Butler Memorial Hospital on Tuesday night, March 5, after being attacked by a bear outside her Butler Township home in the 100 block of Bellefield Drive.

According to a Butler County dispatcher, the woman suffered lacerations to her head and one to her arms during the attack and bled profusely before emergency responders arrived and controlled her bleeding.

Butler Township police chief John Hays said they received the call around 8:45 p.m., for the attack, which involved a mother bear and three bear cubs.

“Apparently it must have been some type of interaction with the bears and (the woman’s) dogs,” he said. “Our officer was out by the Church of God, so he got there relatively quick.”

The bears had run up a tree after the incident, Hays said. The mother bear was euthanized around 9 p.m. Neighbors reported hearing a loud noise around that time.

As of 9:45 p.m., game wardens remained on scene using spotlights to keep the cubs from leaving the tree.

Township police, Butler Township Fire District, Butler Ambulance Service and Butler City police responded to the scene, along with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The ambulance service transported the woman to Butler Memorial Hospital. As of 9:15 p.m., according to Butler County dispatch, the woman is “conscious and alert.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available.

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