Bear attack causes Douthat State Park to close all trails

She is expected to fully recover

BATH COUNTY, Va. – All hiking trails at Douthat State Park are closed after a bear attacked a woman Sunday, according to a Virginia State Park Police spokesman.

Jim Meisner Jr. says the attack happened at the Bath County park at about 1 p.m. when the woman was hiking with her dogs in a remote area near the Tuscarora Overlook and encountered the bear.

Although Meisner says she suffered wounds to both her legs, she was able to walk to find help.

She was treated at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany and later taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, according to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

She is expected to fully recover, according to Meisner. Police have not released her name.

Meisner says the woman could not say how large the bear was.

About a dozen law enforcement officers and members of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries are searching for the bear.

Until the situation is resolved, Meisner says that all 40 miles of the trials at the park will remain closed.

Meisner did say that bear attacks in this region are very rare and that as a way to find the bear, traps have been baited with doughnuts and ham.


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