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Video: Black Bear Attacks Couple Inside Their Home

| by Michael Allen

While bear attacks outside are not that uncommon in rural areas, a black bear recently attacked a couple inside their home at Oliver Township, Pennsylvania. Rich and Angie Moyer suffered back and leg injuries (video below).

Their 10-year-old son was at home at the time, but was not injured.

Leeann Moyer, who lives nearby, said her son Rich let their dog, Brindie, outside at about 3 a.m. as he prepared to go to work at a warehouse: "He went to call her in. That's where everything went to hell."

She said the bear first attacked her son, then his wife after she arrived to investigate: "He was the worst, of course, but she tried to help him when she came downstairs. Then the bear turned on her. I guess (it) got her in the lower extremities, either in the leg or a thigh."

A Harrisburg Hospital spokesman said both were treated and discharged.

Game Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser said Pennsylvania has not experienced a fatality from a black bear in more than a century. A wildlife conservation officer has set up a trap and is looking for the animal: "It is our suspicion at this point that it was likely a female defending its cubs, because a bear encountering a dog is more likely to run away. Black bears going into a home are an extremely rare situation."

He said investigators are also concerned that the bear may be rabid.