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Black Bear Attacks Marathon Runner in New Mexico

This marathon racer had a run-in with a black bear, leaving her with significant injuries.

For a woman running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico, her race took an unexpected turn when she was attacked by a black bear. The run-in happened on the afternoon of June 18 while she raced through Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Officers with the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game say the woman was attacked after she surprised a mother black bear after her cub had climbed a tree.

The woman’s injuries were not considered life threatening, but included bites and scratches to her head, neck, and upper body.

People are being warned to stay away from the area and officials are hoping to euthanize the bear in order to run tests.

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Black Bear Attacks Marathon Runner in New Mexico