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Kelly Ann Waltz killed by pet bear in Ross Township, PA

Black Bear and cubs

Black Bear and cubs

Kelly Ann Waltz was attacked by her pet black bear on Sunday and died in Ross Township, PA, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.  Kelly Ann Walz, 37 entered the 15 x 15 cage to feed the 350-pound bear and clean its cage, and the bear mauled and killed her.  A neighbor shot and killed the bear.  The woman also had a permit to keep a Bengal tiger and an African lion, and several visits from investigators showed everything was in order.

In August, a 78 year old man was attacked by a black bear near a Utah campsite.  The bear was looking for food, and attacked the man while he was sleeping in a cot near a creek.  The man’s family shot the bear, and it wandered off and died 150 feet from the campsite.

Although people enjoy watching bears in the wild, bear attacks are on the rise, according to Bear Planet.  Just learning a few safety steps may save a life.  Never look a bear in the eye, don’t run away, and making loud noises may startle them into attacking.  Keeping bear spray with you is helpful if hiking or camping in wooded areas, according Bear Planet.

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    3 Responses to “Kelly Ann Waltz killed by pet bear in Ross Township, PA”

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      Said bear, “My actions were regrettable, but she was delicious.”

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