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Woman recounts attack by 400-pound captive bear

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EWEN, Mich. (AP) -- A woman from Michigan's Upper Peninsula who was mauled by a 400-pound captive black bear says she temporarily incapacitated the animal by putting a water bucket over its face as it attacked.

Linda Beck tells WLUC-TV for a story posted online Thursday that covering the bear's face July 18 gave her time to escape a fenced-in area in Ontonagon County's McMillan Township. She drove to her nearby home in Ewen and was hospitalized in Wisconsin.

Beck was alone feeding Daisy and another bear owned by neighbors as pets when the attack happened. Daisy escaped and was killed by a state trooper.

Beck says she's fed the bears for years without problems.

State authorities haven't named the owners but have said they are licensed and their property was clean and well-run.

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Information from: WLUC-TV, http://www.wluctv6.com

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