By Christopher Baxter
OF THE MORNING CALL
October 5, 2009
A Monroe County woman was attacked and killed by her pet black bear Sunday evening while trying to clean the animal's cage, state police at Lehighton and the Pennsylvania Game Commission said.
Kelly Ann Walz, 37, of the 7200 block of Dogwood Lane, Ross Township, was mauled to death about 5 p.m. by the 350-pound bear, state police said.
Walz kept the bear inside a 15-by-15 foot steel and concrete cage near her residence, said Tim Conway, information education supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Northeast region.
Conway said Walz threw a shovelful of dog food to one side of the cage to distract the bear while she cleaned the other side of the cage. At some point, he said, the bear turned on her and attacked.
Conway said the bear was shot and killed. No information was available Sunday about who shot t
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