Arizona woman dies 4 weeks after bear attack

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) – A woman attacked by
a bear while walking her dog four weeks ago has died of
complications from her injuries.

Family members say 61-year-old Lana Hollingsworth died Monday at
a Scottsdale hospital after undergoing numerous surgeries following
the mauling on June 28.

KTVK-TV reports doctors believe an unknown bacteria, possibly
from the bear’s claws, sparked an infection that they could not
control. The theory is that the rampant infection might have caused
a hemorrhage.

Hollingsworth’s son, Robert Oates, says the black bear
essentially scalped his mother as she walked her dog outside her
vacation home in Pinetop.

The bear was raiding trashcans near the Pinetop Lakeside Country
Club.

Federal wildlife officials responded and used tracking dogs to
find and kill the bear.

 

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