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National Briefing / Pennsylvania

Black bear kills owner in its cage

October 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A pet bear named Teddy killed Kelly Ann Walz, 37, as she tried to clean its cage, authorities said.

She and her husband had raised the black bear from a cub at their menagerie in Ross Township, a rural area about 30 miles northeast of Allentown. She also cared for a mountain lion and a tiger.

On Sunday night, when she went into Teddy's 15-by-15-foot steel and concrete cage, the 350-pound bear attacked. Walz's two young children and neighbor children saw the mauling and summoned help. Neighbor Scott Castone killed the bear with a handgun.

Walz was pronounced dead at the scene.

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