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Hiker Reports She Stabbed Bear on PCT

The woman escaped the encounter at Vasquez Rocks Park with minor injuries.

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David Mitchell

A Pacific Coast Trail hiker reported she stabbed a black bear that attacked her in California’s Vasquez Rocks Park; the bear then ran away, and she escaped the encounter with minor scratches. Officials closed the park as a precaution but couldn’t locate the bear; nor did they find blood, the knife, or bear tracks.