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Arizona Game and Fish Department wildlife officers and personnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services lethally removed three black bears over the weekend, following a trio of bear attacks within the last month that resulted in the closures of campgrounds near Payson.
The fatal black bear attack on a Gilbert woman in Pinetop this summer is a sobering reminder that development is bringing people closer to a creature that's shy by nature but a predator at heart.
Funeral services for Lana Hollingsworth are scheduled for Tuesday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona 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, of Gilbert, 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.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Game and Fish says DNA tests on an adult black bear confirm it's the one who attacked an East Valley woman in Pinetop.
Department officials conducted a forensic necropsy on the bear Wednesday. But the procedure didn't yield any immediately identifiable human material.
But officials said Friday that DNA samples taken from the bear during the necropsy matched DNA found on the victim's clothing after Tuesday's mauling.
Lana Hollingsworth, 61, of Gilbert is recovering after surgery at a Scottsdale hospital.
Game and Fish officials say a significant amount of kitchen garbage was found in the bear's digestive tract.
The bear's teeth, claws, fur and digestive tract were removed and are being taken to a wildlife lab for further testing.
A Gilbert woman has been hospitalized and required surgery after she was attacked by a bear while walking her dog Tuesday in Pinetop.