Mill Hall teen deer hunter severely injured in bear attack

CDT staff reportDecember 10, 2013 

— A Mill Hall teen was severely injured during a bear attack while deer hunting in Porter Township on Monday afternoon, state police in Lamar said.

Camille Marie Bomboy, 18, was hunting deer on her family farm with a large hunting party. She was part of the “driving” team on a deer hunt when three black bear cubs ran past her, police said. When she turned around, a large black bear was charging her.

The bear knocked her to the ground, biting her arms, shoulders and head, police said.

Her stepfather, Mike Courter, saw the attack and scared the bear off.

Bomboy suffered deep tissue bites on her arms and shoulders and a deep laceration on her head, police said.

She was taken to Lock Haven Hospital, then transferred to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where she underwent surgery.

Bomboy was listed in fair condition at the hospital Tuesday evening, according to a nursing supervisor there.

Pennsylvania Game Commission officers are investigating the incident.

The state’s black bear population has increased substantially from around 4,000 in the 1970s to 14,000 today, according to Game Commission officials.

At least 2,308 bears were harvested last month during the state’s three-day bear season. The number could increase, Game Commission officials said, because inclement weather left several check stations unable to transmit data from the hunt.

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