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Woman survives bear attack


FAIRBANKS, Alaska >> A young woman has survived a bear attack.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the attack occurred Sunday near Tangle Lakes.

Twenty-year-old Julia Stafford from Seattle was bitten on the hand by a grizzly bear while working for a Canadian mining company collecting rock samples.

Stafford and a male co-worker encountered the bear in a foggy ravine. She says the bear walked out of the fog and it had two cubs. Stafford says they tried to walk away but the bear started walking toward them, and then when they stopped to get out their bear spray it was on them.

She says the bear focused on her. She was dragged about 20 feet but then the bear let her go and ran off.

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