Bear Scratches Girl Camping at Bandelier

Jun 15, 2012

A campground at the Bandelier National Monument will remain closed for up to 10 days while authorities try to capture a black bear that scratched a young girl. New Mexico Game and Fish spokesman Dan Williams says the back of the girl's neck was grazed when the bear swatted the tent where she and her mother were sleeping Wednesday morning.

The bear ran off after the two came out with flashlights. But Williams says the bear will likely be euthanized if caught. 

Mother and daughter were part of a scout pack, which went to a hotel after the incident. The mother treated the girl with medical ointment. Officials say the campers admitted having lip ointment and toothpaste in their tent, two items known to attract hungry bears.