A 90-year-old woman who was attacked by a bear while sitting on her porch managed to fend it off with her lounge chair.
Altha Williams was relaxing at her home in Sevierville, Tennessee on Wednesday when the black bear approached her – with his three cubs nearby.
“I just sat here, wasn’t here for more than two or three minutes. It obviously heard me. It just attacked me,” Williams told WVLT.
Williams said the “bear’s face was right in my face” as she used a lounge chair to prevent him from getting close to her.
She emerged from the encounter with just a scratch on her arm. She was treated for the wound at a hospital and came out with a bandage around her.
“Since then, I’ve been praising the Lord because I might not be here,” Williams said.
Williams said she encountered other bears at her home in Smoky Mountains National Park.
“Last year I had a bear with three cubs,” she said. “It could have been the same bear, but it never bothered me.”
She said that bears ran away from her in the past.
“They’re scared of you, so that’s really unusual,” she said of her latest incident.
Williams acted exactly as she should have, according to Matt Cameron, spokesman for the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.
“The way she reacted was exactly what we tell people,” Cameron told the TV network. “To grow up, yell at them, make noise. To intimidate them. Pat on the shoulder as she replied; it could very well have saved her life.’
The bear that recently attacked Williams then made his way to her neighbor, who reacted more aggressively.
“After beating the victim, the mother bear left the area and reportedly attacked another neighbor who shot her,” Cameron said. “Once that happened, there was no choice but to put her to sleep.”
The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s protocol is to euthanize bears that have contact with humans in residential and other populated areas.
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