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Girl, 7, Hospitalized After Attack By Neighbor’s Bear

March 25, 1987

MORLEY, Mich. (AP) _ A 7-year-old girl was hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday after a neighbor’s 400-pound pet black bear bit her, authorities said.

Amanda Barnes was attacked Tuesday near her Aetna Township home.

″The little girl got off the bus, and the neighbor’s bear had got out,″ said Mecosta County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Rau. ″She walked by it and started to run then it reached out and grabbed her.″

She was in Mecosta County General Hospital in Big Rapids, where she was being treated for several severe bites on the buttocks.

Deputies said her step-brother, 16-year-old Wayne Hughes, freed her by reaching into the mouth of the bear, grabbing it by the lips and pulling it away.

The 4-year-old animal, named Wooly, was fatally shot after it was captured by county officials and its owner, Ron Monroe, deputies said.

Rau said the animal was ″quite friendly in the past.″

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