Woman was killed last November in the first documented fatal black bear attack in California history

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Officials confirmed that the death of a woman last November in Sierra County was the first known and documented fatal attack by a black bear in California history.

According to a statement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, officials last week received an autopsy report and a death certificate related to a 71-year-old woman who was found in her home in Downieville, north of Lake Tahoe, after she was attacked by a black man. bear. The woman was found dead on November 8, 2023.

Department authorities said they initially believed a bear entered the woman’s home after she died, but the Sierra County coroner confirmed the bear mauled the woman.

Authorities said the bear was trapped and euthanized. DNA analysis confirmed it was the same bear that attacked the woman.

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