She, much like Timothy Treadwell, appears to be a victim of severe anthropomorphism (thinking of animals as humans). In this case, she was feeding several black bears. One of them broke into her house and killed her. From missoulian.com:
KALISPELL - The elderly woman attacked by a black bear inside her home west of Kalispell over the weekend has died from injuries she sustained in the incident.The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks personel stated the problem well:
“This is a very unfortunate situation,” FWP Warden Capt. Lee Anderson said. “These bears were extremely habituated and food-conditioned, and they posed a danger to the people who live in the area.Feeding of bears is against the law in Montana. It is bad for bears, because it makes them dependent, unable to forage for themselves, unless they are taking food from people. When they become dependent on taking food from people, they lose all respect for people and become an active danger. It is not much of a step, from becoming dependent on handouts, to taking what is not offered.
“The last thing we wanted to do is to kill these bears. But we had no choice because of the danger they pose to local residents.”
Anderson and other FWP officials made the comments before Paschke’s death was announced. The woman had not been identified prior to Thursday.
Anderson said FWP does not know how many bears were food-conditioned at the woman’s residence.
Given the self-created danger of the situation, almost any gun could have been used to stop this attack, but next to having a gun when needed, the most important thing is having the willingness to use it.
Bears are always armed with numerous weapons. Using them is part of their nature.
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