LOS ANGELES (AP) A woman mauled by a bear in a rural area of Southern California was recovering Wednesday as game wardens sought to trap and kill the animal.
Allena Hansen, 56, was resting comfortably after undergoing extensive surgery to repair injuries suffered in Tuesday's attack, said Roxanne Moster, a spokeswoman for the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Despite suffering severe lacerations to her face and head, the woman managed not only to escape but to drive herself to a nearby fire station, Kern County fire spokesman Sean Collins said.
"For her to be attacked in that manner and drive to a fire station, she must have been running on pure adrenaline," Collins said.
Hansen's neighbor August Dunning said in a telephone interview that his friend underwent 10 hours of surgery Tuesday and was "lucid, active and probably pretty sore."
Dunning said he called the hospital and spoke to Hansen's son, but could hear Hansen talking in the background.
The woman was taking her dogs on a morning walk when the bear attacked near the tiny community of Caliente, east of Bakersfield and about five miles away from an area that burned in a recent wildfire, Collins said.
Wildlife trackers using dogs hunted the bear on Wednesday. One tracking hound was slightly injured after midnight in what might have been an attack by the animal, Kevin Brennan, a wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game, said at a news conference in Ontario.
The bear was believed to be still in the area because they are "creatures of habit," Brennan said.