"She didn't see it coming so she could not make herself big, clap her hands, you know, yell at the bear, wave her arms," Beausoleil told the station. "Those are the things we usually tell people to do."
He said if the bear knocks you down, then the solution is to fight.
"It was just instinct for her. She just turned around and popped it right in the nose."
He said, according to the woman, the bear "shook" and ran away.
Fish and Wildlife officials located two cubs and took them to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
"Black bear mothers seldom attack people in defense of cubs," the U.S. Forest Service said in a primer on black bears. "Black bear mothers typically bluff or retreat."
In the agency’s statement, Fish and Wildlife Capt. Mike Jewell said officers had little choice but to kill the bear.
"Public safety is our priority," he said. "Our officers and staff were quick to mobilize to locate the animal and secure the scene."
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