A Vermont woman mauled by a bear was rescued by her Jack Russell.

Susan Lee, 61, was walking her two dogs in Strafford on Aug. 20 when she heard a noise and noticed a black bear pounce on her, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reported.

Vermont has a strong and growing bear population. There are an estimated 4,500 to 6,000 bears in the state.

As the bear continued to charge at her, Lee fell and felt pain as the bear slammed its teeth into her leg.

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An archive photo shows a black bear roaring. A bear attacked a woman as she was walking her two dogs.

One of Lee’s dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier, then began barking at the bear, who was startled by the dog, backing away and backing away.

Lee told the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department that she then righted herself and left the scene of the attack.

Lee was taken to hospital after the ordeal, where she was treated for the bite on her left leg as well as scratches that the wildlife department said were “two and nine inches long.” Her injuries were not life-threatening.

Wildlife officials visited the site of the attack and concluded that the bear responsible was likely a female with cubs.

Female bears are very protective of their cubs – it is likely that the bear attacked when Lee and her two dogs suddenly walked by and startled them.

“Bear attacks are extremely rare in Vermont. However, at this time of year black bears move into family units and mothers will protect their cubs. When confronted with a bear, it’s important to remain calm and back off slowly and if you’re attacked, fight back immediately,” bear biologist Jaclyn Comeau of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said in a release.

There have only been three recorded bear attacks in the state, according to Comeau.

Vermont’s bear hunting season begins in September and lasts through November. Hunters are only allowed to kill one bear during the season.

“Fifty years ago, there were fewer than 1,500 bears in Vermont, and they were found primarily in the mountains and northeast of the state,” said Mark Scott, Vermont wildlife director, in a news release. “Bears are now found nationwide except for Grand Isle County, and while we have successfully increased bear numbers to nearly 6,000, the human population has also increased, leading to more human-bear encounters. Carefully regulated legal hunting helps control the growth of the black bear population and allows for their sustainable use while reducing interactions with humans.

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