Woman Accidently Hit When Chased By Bear

Colorado Spring Gazette, Bear Hunting Magazine
04/24/2009

A woman who was fleeing a bear was struck by a slow-moving car. Ms. Swendsen said she thought the bear followed her more out of curiosity than malice because it kept a distance of about ten feet on a hiking trail in northwestern Colorado Springs.

As she ran, she thought, "If it was going to hurt me, it already would have."

Swendsen managed to scramble up an embankment and was crossing the street when she was hit by a slow-moving car. Although she was not seriously injured, she was taken to a hospital as a precaution because she is pregnant.

Police said they are looking for the driver of the car that hit her as the driver stopped and spoke to her but left before police had arrived on the scene.

Swendsen said she first spotted the bear as it was coming out of a creek. "I didn't know what to do, so I just kept walking," she said. "I wasn't going to start sprinting."

But she started running when the bear moved toward her. The Colorado Division of Wildlife said the chase happened in an area where bears are common. Division spokesman Michael Seraphin said the brown-colored North American black bear was tranquilized and later euthanized after Swendsen identified it.



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