Black bears have been waking up across the northern hemisphere for the last few weeks. Unfortunately with more bears afield comes more human/bear conflicts. According to WNYT , Joy Bayer-Mozynski of Cario, New York, was pinned down with one paw by a black bear that was rummaging through her garbage.
"All of a sudden, I just felt a 'Womp!' I thought the roof of the garage had fallen and hit me, that's how hard it hit me. The bear just held me with one paw down on the middle of my back, put one leg between my two legs, and grabbed the garbage with his other paw." Bayer-Mozynski says she was pinned down for about ten minutes. The whole time, she says she prayed.
Fortunately Mrs. Bayer-Mozynski was not seriously bitten or wounded by the bear.