A Maple Ridge woman has escaped with minor injuries after a run-in with a black bear and three cubs on Wednesday evening.
At around 8 pm, the 69-year-old woman saw the bear cubs on her property and went out on her deck to take a closer look, says Murray Smith with BC Conservation Services. The mother of the cubs ran over to the woman and knocked her to the ground, giving her a laceration on her face in the process. The mother bear and her three cubs then ran off into the woods.
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The woman was sent to the hospital, treated for her injuries, and later released.
The conservation officer who attended the scene set a trap, and the mother bear was caught as of Thursday morning. Her three cubs were found in a tree nearby. The health of the bears will be assessed before they decide the next course of action, says Smith.