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Black bear attack reported near Columbia Falls

Published On: Aug 06 2014 04:17:46 AM MDT   Updated On: Jul 04 2014 05:08:14 PM MDT

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MISSOULA, Mont. -

Wildlife officials are investigating a black bear attack on a woman running with her dogs Thursday morning. It happened on Forest Service property in the Cedar Flats area north of Columbia Falls.

Initial reports say the bear attacked the dogs and then attacked the runner, before leaving the scene.

Forest Service officials have closed the area.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are investigating and attempting to capture the offending bear.