Woman hiking north of LA says she fought off bear with knife

June 15, 2018

AGUA DULCE, Calif. (AP) — A woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail north of Los Angeles says she fought off an attacking bear by stabbing it.

The 25-year-old woman told Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies that she was in the Vasquez Rocks park on Thursday when a small black bear ran toward her. The woman says she pulled a knife from her backpack and stabbed it in the shoulder and the animal fled.

The woman had a scratched wrist but declined treatment.

Authorities evacuated the area and closed the park for several hours. They found bear droppings but no tracks or other signs of the bear and the park was reopened.

Vasquez Rocks is a rugged, rocky area that is a popular filming site for TV shows and movies.


This story has been corrected to show the name of the trail is Pacific Crest, not Pacific Coast.

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