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Colorado bear chases pregnant woman

April 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A pregnant Colorado woman is recovering from a terrifying ordeal after she was chased by a bear and struck by a hit-and-run driver Thursday.Twenty-nine-year old Ashley Swendsen saw the bear and ran away screaming.

"It was following me so I kept walking and I freaked out so I started running and screaming but no one could hear me because there wasn't anyone around, " Swendsen said. She ran into the street where she was hit by the car. The driver didn't stop to see if she was injured.

Swendsen was taken to the hospital where she was treated for a bruised leg. Her fetus was not harmed.

Police are looking for the hit-and-run driver who struck Swendsen.

Officers found a bear and wildlife officials tranquilized it and took it away. If they can determine it was the bear that chased Swendsen, wildlife policy requires that it be euthanized.

"If it's not, the bear will be relocated to a different area," said area wildlife manager Shaun Deeney


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