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article imageWoman drives herself to hospital after mauling by bear

By Mike White     Aug 14, 2014 in Odd News
Cordova - After being mauled by a brown bear, a 57-year-old Alaskan woman walked more than a mile to her truck and drove herself to the hospital Tuesday.
ABC reported Thea Thomas of Cordova, Alaska, was mauled by the bear when hiking on the Heney Ridge Trail.
Although Thomas sustained substantial injuries, her life is not in danger, according to Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters. Peters said she could not give more information because of privacy issues.
"The trooper told me that when she checked herself into the hospital, he said it was almost like the people who were working on her were more shocked than she was," Peters explained. "The trooper said she was very pragmatic and calm about everything."
Thomas first checked into her local hospital then was transferred to the Anchorage hospital, where she was listed in fair condition Wednesday.
Thomas was hiking alone with both her dog and a friend's dog, according to Peters, while salmon were actively spawning in a nearby stream. After the dogs ran away, they returned shortly when the bear started running after them.
The bear attacked Thomas multiple times. The dogs ran away again when the attacks began.
When the attack was over, Thomas returned to her truck, more than a mile away. One dog was waiting for her at the vehicle, and she found the other one on her way back to the truck. Once she was at the local hospital Thomas was flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, about 150 miles northwest of Cordova.
Thomas did not wish to be interviewed by the Associated Press, according to Mikal Canfield, a hospital spokesperson.
"I hike these trails all the time," the Daily Mail reported Thomas as saying, as she gave vivid details of the incident she remembered. "He just started biting me. I’m yelling, ‘No! No!’'
According to Thomas, the bear was almost seven feet tall on its two hind legs and had a thick coat of fur.
"I started to hear this growling," Thomas was reported as remembering by CBC. ""By the end, I was thinking, 'I could die here.'"
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