Resort employee injured in bear attack during ‘safari tour’

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FARMINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Officials say a worker at a western Pennsylvania resort was injured in a bear attack while guiding a routine “Safari Tour” of wildlife kept at the property.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort says the Himalayan bear reached through a wire fence Saturday morning, pulled the employee closer and bit the person’s arm.

Resort spokesman Kory Young says the animal was engaged to release the arm, and the employee was stabilized by a nurse and flown to a trauma center. The victim was described as “stable and alert.”

Young says the employee was standing in between two levels of wire fencing at the bear enclosure, which has been examined to ensure that it is “completely secure.”

Officials are arranging optional counseling for guests and staff who witnessed the attack, which is under investigation.

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