The bear grabbed the girl the moment she walked from her house in Muncy Creek Township — roughly 70 miles west of Scranton — and hauled her for 88 yards, Pennsylvania Game Warden Supervisor Mike Steingraber told ABC News.
The woman managed to free herself and call for assistance, Steingraber said, adding that her dog was also hurt.
It’s not clear why the bear assaulted the girl , but gambling officials believe that it was attracted to body parts of a deer which were present or bear cubs were in the region and the mother may have felt threatened, Steingraber said.
Up to six game wardens are now tasked with locating the bear, which can be difficult at this time because there’s absolutely no snow on the ground, Steingraber said. Multiple bear traps are set up, he added.
Steingraber said it was the first bear attack on a person he could remember in the area. Bear attacks are “extremely rare” because most bears are scared of people, he said.
The victim required operation, ABC Scranton affiliate WNEP reported.
Additional details weren’t immediately available.