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Bear that attacked Va. man in W.Va. eludes capture

August 25, 2014
Associated Press

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — A bear that attacked a Virginia man in West Virginia has eluded attempts to capture it.

Media outlets report that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources set traps for the female bear on Friday.

Colin Carpenter with the DNR tells The Winchester Star ( that the bear hadn't been captured as of Sunday evening. The agency planned to remove the traps Monday.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the bear attacked 59-year-old Steven Krichbaum of Staunton, Virginia, after his dog went after her two cubs. Krichbaum and the dog escaped when he hit the bear with a rock.

The attack occurred Thursday in the George Washington National Forest in Hardy County. Krichbaum drove to a market in Frederick County, Virginia, and was taken to a hospital.


Information from: The Winchester Star,



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