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Search for bear that attacked woman near Ojai called off

October 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The search has been called off for a mother bear that attacked a woman just outside of Ojai Friday.

Wardens with the Department of Fish and Game searched throughout the weekend but found no trace of the bear.

The 50-year-old woman was walking her three dogs around 7 a.m. in an area adjacent to the Los Padres National Forest when she came across the black bear and her cub.

The mother bear scratched the woman's wrist, causing a one to two inch laceration.

The bear reportedly then knocked the woman down, but left when the woman played dead.

No word on what provoked the attack but mother bears are known to be extremely protective of their cubs.

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