Fish & Wildlife officers didn’t want company during their search an aggresive bear Thursday. They set up traps near avocado orchards and back country near Carpinteria.
Emily Miles was hiking with her dog nears Highway 150 and Gobernador Canyon Monday when she said she saw bear scat and took a picture, moments later her dogs ran out of an orchard and bear followed.
The bear bit her leg and scratched and knocked her down. She yelled and fought back and the bear turned and walked away while looking back at her.
Miles said she wishes the bear no harm but she understand that it may be euthanized.
Many of her neighbors would prefer it be tranquilized and returned to wild.
Others are concerned it could harm someone again.
If the bear is found it will be tested to confirm it is the same bear that attacked the 65-year-old.
Bears sighting are rare, but several have been captured close to communities where they may have been searching for watre and food.