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Student recovering from grizzly attack

Aug 29 2012

A University of British Columbia student says she "got off easy," with only minor injuries, after a grizzly bear attacked her, bit her hand and then dragged her before releasing her.

Julia Stafford was with a colleague collecting rock samples in a ravine near Alaska's Tangle Lakes when she saw a bear and two cubs emerge from the fog.

The 20-year-old geological engineering student from Seattle said they backed away from the animals, but the mother bear charged toward them.

Before Stafford could grab her bear spray, the animal was already on top of her and her colleague.

She says the bear then bit her hand and dragged her before it went away, allowing her colleague to tend to her and call a helicopter. She is recovering in hospital from a broken bone.

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