28-year-old Amber Kornak was mauled by a grizzly bear in the Cabinet Mountains of Montana, People Magazine reports.
Kornak was only into her first few days of working as a field assistant on a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grizzly bear project when she was attacked.
Her friend Jenna Hemer describes the incident that almost killed Kornak on a Gofundme page set up to help with her recovery.
Hemer explains Kornak was working alone when she was mauled, suffering 2 skull fractures and multiple other injuries.
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According to Hemer, Kornak sprayed the bear with bear spray and then managed to hike 2 miles back to her vehicle and drive to find help.
She was eventually taken to the hospital and underwent four hours of surgery.
According to the Missoulian Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks called the incident a “surprise defensive encounter.”
Kornak’s Gofundme page has already raised almost $40,000 of it’s $50,000 dollar goal.