Bear Coming Out of Hibernation Swats Illegal Camper at Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania

The Morning Call a 21 year old woman was scratched by a black bear coming out of hibernation at Hickory Run State Park in northeast Pennsylvania.

“We’re not considering it an attack, but an encounter with a bear,” said Assistant Park Manager Rachel Warrick. “The bear was apparently after food.”

The three Philadelphia residents were camping in a no camping area by Mud River. When she saw the bear Kathleen Feeney ran and the bear chased her tearing her poncho and sweatshirt.

Park officials stress that persons encountering bears should not run, but stand still.

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