Black Bear Attacks Woman Walking Her Dog Outside New Jersey Home

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A black bear attacked a woman walking her dog outside her home about 40 miles northwest of New York City, authorities said Thursday.

The woman, whose name was not released, lives in the Pleasant Valley Lake area near a country club and a national wildlife refuge, Administrative Lt. Keith Kimkowski of the Vernon Township Police Department said in a statement. The township has about 25,000 residents.

She had just left her house at about 10 a.m. ET Monday and saw a bear with three cubs nearby, he said.

The adult bear charged the woman, causing her to fall backward. A neighbor saw the incident and chased the bear into the woods, Kimkowski said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jai Agnish