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Montana woman and her dogs attacked by black bear on Forest Service land

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A woman and her two dogs were attacked by a black bear on Thursday morning in Columbia Falls on Forest Service land reported abcnews.go.

For now the Forest Service has closed the area of the park and are looking for the bear. An investigation has also been launched by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The initial report states the bear attacked the two dogs first and then went after the dogs' owner.

In June, two joggers were chased by an aggressive bear in Alberta, Canada on the Matcheetawin Discovery Trails. The men ran away, and for awhile the bear pursued them. Fortunately, the bear took a detour when he climbed a tree, at which time the men ran back to their vehicle.

Bears are seldom aggressive towards people and are just as surprised and frightened when meeting face to face with humans. The BearSmart.com website suggests hikers give bears a wide berth if encountered giving the animals plenty of room to go their own way.

For bears that seem aggressive, it is advised people quickly figure out if there are cubs in the area and a mother bear is being protective, or if their food supply is being threatened. If a person encounters a black bear, do not run away. Stand tall, look the animal in the eye and yell at the bear to leave. When hiking, it is always advised to carry a bear deterrent spray.

There have been no updates on the dogs and the woman involved.

It is strongly suggested hikers and campers know the difference between black bears and grizzly bears since they can act quite differently. Click here for more information.

Learn how to become bear smart. With environmental changes, residential developments, and our disappearing forests, bears don't have the room to run free anymore. Be aware of their presence, and let them live in peace.

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