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Teen Hunter Severely Attacked By Black Bear

A scary situation for a young hunter Monday, after she was attacked by a black bear.
MILL HALL, CLINTON COUNTY - A scary situation for a young hunter Monday, after she was attacked by a black bear.

State Police say 18 year-old Camille Bomboy, from Mill Hall, was mauled while "driving" deer on her family farm off Jacksonville Road Monday.

Police say she was severely injured in the attack. She is recovering Tuesday at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Family members say Camille is in fair condition, recovering from surgery. Her stepbrother recalls the attack, something he says nobody was prepared for.

"I didn't really think too much," Kyle Courter, Camille's stepbrother, said. "Just trying to do whatever I could to get to her."

It's a hunting trip to remember for Kyle Courter.

"Next thing I know, I hear my sister scream. I figure, the bear ran by her and scared her," he said. "Then she started screaming again and it was louder and she didn't stop, so I went running."

That's when he realized his 18 year-old stepsister was under attack.

"By the time I got there, my dad had already shot twice at it," Kyle said. "It spooked it away and it ran up the hill to where I was and then it stopped about 100 yards in front of me. It was half behind a tree, so I took the best shot I could and got it in the left shoulder."

He says the bear limped away and he hasn't seen it, or the three cubs, since. Camille is still in the hospital Tuesday.

"Her face was all bloody when she came out of the woods," Kyle said.

"We're going to try and capture it and relocate it to a different spot," State Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer, Mike Ondik, said.

Ondik can't remember another attack quite like this one.

"I haven't ever had any other maulings or runnings overs, before," he said.

He says now, all they can do is wait.

"These bears will be captured alive, if we catch any," Ondik said. "We bait it with everything bears like to eat, which is everything. Donuts, honey and some oil for added smell."

Kyle thinks they'll be back again.

"They just keep sticking around," he said. "The last couple of weeks, they've done a lot of damage and now the food is getting scarce, they have been really hitting corn fields."

Officers with the State Game Commission are investigating the incident.

They say while it is rare to see this kind of attack, the mother bear was likely reacting to her natural instincts to protect her three cubs.

Camille will reportedly undergo rabies treatments as she continues to recover.
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