Bear attacks woman running marathon with others in park

Karen Williams 
By: Wayne Morin

A woman was rushed to a hospital after suffering injuries to her face and neck while running a marathon in the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish said that the woman, Karen Williams, startled the mother bear and its cub while running a marathon throughout the park.

The cub ran up a tree while the mother attacked the woman, biting her upper body, head and neck. The other marathon runners came to the aid of the woman until an ambulance arrived.

She was taken to a hospital, where she is said to be in stable condition. Police said that they are looking for the bear, and once caught, it will be euthanized and tested for rabies.

“I was at mile 23.5, where there was some sort of seep, pond or mucky area at the top of that little hill. When I reached the top, a bear was charging at me.

“I raised my arms and yelled "no!" Then I saw the cub. Then I was raked with claws and bitten. I cried out in pain and the bear did not like that so it hit me with a left hook and bit my neck.

“I rolled into a ball and played dead. She went off about 25 to 30 feet, stopped at the base of a tree and huffed at her cub that was up about 30 feet.

“The cub cried a bit while trying to get down the tree. The bear kept glancing my way to make sure that I was still dead. I didn't know what the wound on my neck was like because I did not move for fear that the bear would come on me some more.

“I waited about 10 minutes until I couldn't hear the cub anymore. Then I tried to look around, but was having trouble seeing much.

“I tried to sit up, but was nauseated and my arms didn't seem to work right. I suffered a fractured right orbit from the mean left hook, missing parts of eyelid and eyebrow, injury to the belly of my left bicep and a lot of punctures and lacerations, but I am alive,” Williams wrote on Facebook.