Pennsylvania resort worker attacked by bear during ‘safari tour’
An employee at a resort in Pennsylvania was attacked by a captive bear Saturday, officials said.
The associate, who has not been publicly identified, was guiding a “safari tour” at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, south of Pittsburgh, when the Himalayan bear reached through a wire fence, pulled the employee closer and bit them on the arm, according to the resort.
The employee was stabilized by a nurse and taken to a trauma center and was “stable and alert” as of Saturday. Kory Young, the resort’s director of lodging, told the Daily News Sunday morning that he was still waiting for an update from the family.
“We deeply regret this incident,” resort president Maggie Hardy Knox said in a statement Saturday. “Our thoughts are with our injured associate, our staff and guests as we focus on ensuring they receive the finest medical attention and counseling.”
Young told The News that the bear, which has lived at the resort for nine years, is back in its enclosure. The bear was uninjured.
According to its website, the Wildlife Academy at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort opened in 2006 to provide “interactive entertainment and live animal programs with an emphasis on education and experience.” Featured animals include red sheep, bears, bison, tigers, lions and wolves.