Bear attack victim’s condition improves following surgeries


DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Muncy area woman who survived a bear mauling by punching the animal as it dragged her has been upgraded to fair condition after several surgeries.  50-year-old Melinda Lebarron has been moved from intensive care to a medical-surgical unit according to Geisinger.


Her son has said the attack on Dec. 12 resulted in broken bones , cuts and bruises and that she suffered multiple bites.  Lebarron told relatives her Chihuahua-mix named Bear distracted the bear.

Bear the dog was also bitten during the attack.  State wildlife officials have said they believe the bear was a sow with cubs and the incident occurred after the dog ran toward the bears.

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