A woman from Pennsylvania survived a vicious bear attack on Wednesday with the help pet chihuahua named Bear.
Investigators say Melinda Lebarron was outside her home with her dog when the bear grabbed her leg and dragged her more than 80 yards from the back porch of her home in Lycoming County.
She was able to get back into the house and was able to contact a neighbor who called 911.
Friends said Lebarron suffered broken bones and deep wounds as a result of the bear attack Wednesday night outside Muncy.
Melinda Lebarron (left) suffered serious injuries in the bear attack but she told family that her pet Chihuahua named Bear (right) saved her life
Melinda Lebarron was dragged 88 yards when a bear pulled by the leg at the back porch of her home in Lycoming County
She survived but is listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center.
Bear, who is a female dog, is currently being treated at the Susquehanna Trail Animal Hospital for a broken sternum, punctured lung and a number of external wounds, according to Lebarron’s daughter-in-law Cheyenne.
Cheyenne Lebarron said Melinda told her from her sick bed that her pet dog is the reason she survived the horrific attack.
She told The Daily Item: ‘We don’t know why it happened. No one was home and she isn’t able to speak at the moment.
‘We are able to ask questions and she can respond by motions. We asked if the dog went after the bear to protect her and if that is the reason she is still with us, and she nodded. That dog is the reason she’s alive’.
It is not known how the dog managed to fight off the bear but Cheyenne claimed Melinda will be able to provide more information when her condition improves.
She said of the dog: ‘Bear is doing remarkable considering the situation. She lost a lot of blood and has been under some pretty strong pain killers since but the vet today said she is alert,sitting up on her own and doing great’.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Lebarron was outside with her dog when the bear attacked.
Game Warden Chris Krebs believes a black bear dragged Lebarron approximately 88 yards from her home.
Lebarron’s daughter-in-law posted pictures of Bear on a page to help support her medical costs
Lebarron’s family said today that Bear is sitting up on her own and ‘is doing great’
‘She was able to get away and call for help and the Game Commission is currently investigating why the bear attacked.
‘We’re looking into the circumstances of how that occurred, why that occurred, and trying to identify the particular bear that may have been involved.
‘Pennsylvania’s rifle deer season just ended and there were deer parts in close proximity,’ Krebs said.
The warden set a trap to capture the bear and will euthanize it once caught. According to the Game Commission, Lycoming County is part of Pennsylvania’s core black bear range.
‘Black bears are very common in the area and there are a lot of black bears in the area’.
Lebarron, seen here with family survived the vicious attack but is listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center
Game wardens and other officials comb the area in search of the bear and have said that they will euthanize it once he is caught
Game wardens claim that black bears don’t often attack people unless there is some kind of motivation for an attack. Usually, they are more of a nuisance.
The family has started a GoFundMe account for Melinda and a separate page was set up to help offset medical treatment for Bear.
Game wardens said the best way to prevent bears from coming around is to take away food sources from outside your house.
‘Take efforts to secure things like household garbage. You want to avoid bird feeding if you have bears in the area,’ Krebs added.
Many people on GoFundMe praised the dog for trying to protects its owner.
Alison C Milne wrote: ‘Bear deserves the best care for being so brave or stupid. I can’t decide which.
Robin Richard added : ‘This brave little dog deserves the best of care, she & her mama are in our prayers until healthy &reunited’.
It is thought that the attack was as horrific as the attack which occurred in the 2015 film called The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
In the movie DiCaprio’s character Hugh Glass is mauled and left to die from his injuries in a forest.