The Pennsylvania Game Commission has just announced that a woman was brutally attacked by a bear outside her home in Muncy Creek Township, Pennsylvania.

Officials say that Melina Lebarron was attacked at around 7pm last Wednesday by a bear who dragged her 88 yards. Game Warden Supervisor Mike Steingraber explained that Lebarron was eventually able to free herself and run for her life to get help.

Lebarron was left with numerous injuries that required surgery, and she remains in critical condition, while her dog was also injured in the attack. Reports say that the dog started barking at the bear to distract her, allowing Lebarron time to run away.

Steingraber said that the bear may have been attracted to deer pats that were left near her home after a recent hunting trip. He added that the mother bear may have seen Lebarron as a threat, as her cubs were nearby.

Officials are now looking for the bear and have set multiple traps, as they plan to euthanize her as soon as she is apprehended. Steingraber said that he could not remember any other bear attacks occurring in this area, explaining that attacks of this kind are “extremely rare” because bears are typically afraid of humans.

Attacks of this kind are terrifying and remind us just how fragile life can be. Find out more about this in the video below.

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