The woman suffered a bite wound to a leg and scratches to an arm and a leg, according to Captain Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. She was treated at a hospital, he said.
Fish and Wildlife took samples from the bite wound and are looking for the bear which was described as light-colored and weighing about 125 pounds. Foy said it would be a juvenile. If found and identified by DNA as the animal who bit the victim, he said the bear will be euthanized.
“Once an animal starts to attack and bite a human being, they view humans as prey,” Foy said. It’s possible the bear in the Sierra Madre case saw the person as potential prey, he added.
Police found out about the attack on the 2200 block of Santa Anita Avenue when hospital staff called the station at 8:49 p.m., Sierra Madre police Sgt. Kyle Bailey said. He believes it happened earlier.
“It sounds like she was working on a laptop and fell asleep,” Foy said. He didn’t know if the victim lived there or was visiting.