LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a bear-dog encounter that injured the dog resulted in the bear and her yearling cub being shot and killed in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

The Caledonian-Record reports police shot the bears Saturday.

Dog owner Dian Kenison called 911 Friday. She said the mother bear was on her dog's back. The dog escaped; he's recovering from bite and puncture wounds.

Andrew Timmins, the state Fish and Game Department's bear project coordinator, said bears by nature aren't prone to attack. But if things that attract them, such as food from unsecured garbage, they will show up in yards. Dogs that approach them can get injured.

Timmins and Kenison said bears have been on the property before. The Kenisons have a chicken coop.

Kenison said she's considering getting an electric fence.