- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Flathead County authorities say a Kalispell woman who was attacked by a black bear inside her home has died.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/1LUUcko ) 85-year-old Barbara Paschke died Thursday in a Kalispell hospital. Undersheriff Dave Leib says Paschke died of injuries sustained in Sunday’s attack.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks investigator Brian Sommers said the woman who was attacked had been regularly feeding the bears.

State wildlife officials have captured and euthanized two food-conditioned black bears west of Kalispell. They say someone else continues to feed the bruins, making it difficult for them to catch a bear suspected of attacking and injuring Paschke.

Sommers asked people to remove all supplemental feed from their yards and noted that whoever is feeding the bears can be cited for obstructing the investigation.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com


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