Woman Killed By

PA Game Commission, Bear Hunting Magazine

Police in northeastern Pennsylvania confirmed that a woman was killed by her "pet" black bear as she cleaned its cage on Sunday, October 4, 2009.

The woman, 37-year-old Kelly Ann Walz, was mauled to death Sunday night by the 350-pound bear she kept near her house.

A Game Commission spokesman was quoted as saying that Walz kept the bear inside a steel and concrete cage outside her house which is around twenty miles northeast of Allentown, PA.

Police stated that the woman threw a shovelful of dog food to one side of the cage to distract the bear while she cleaned the other side. At some point the bear turned on her.

The bear was shot and killed, but no information on who shot the bear has been released at the time of this posting.

The Game Commission also confirmed that Walz owned a Bengal tiger and an African lion along with the bear, but that she did have licenses to own the animals on her property.

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