- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - A marathon runner is recovering from a bear attack she endured roughly 2 miles from the finish line of a race in New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains.

Wildlife officials say a female black bear mauled the woman Saturday after she unknowingly surprised one of its cubs in the Valles Calderas National Preserve near Los Alamos. The woman was taking part in an annual race when the attack happened.

She was hospitalized with injuries to her head, neck and upper body, and released Sunday.

Authorities have euthanized the bear, saying state law requires them to put down any wild animal that attacks or bites a human.

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officers were searching for the bear’s three cubs Monday, with plans to take them to a nearby wildlife center.

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