Woman mauled by bear, drives to safety

A Kern County woman was severely mauled by a bear in the mountains east of Bakersfield Tuesday morning. Allena Hansen not only survived the attack — she even drove herself to a fire station to get help.

The 57-year-old Twin Oaks woman was immediately air-lifted from the fire station to UCLA Medical Center to be treated for injuries described as serious facial lacerations.

Hansen’s friend August Dunning says he’s really not surprised that she somehow survived the ordeal.

“It didn’t amaze me that much that she got away from a bear attack on her own,” Dunning told Eyewitness News. “But at the same time, I’m sure it was because we have the dogs.”

Dunning says he and Hansen work on property they have on Piute Mountain Road. He says on Tuesday, she happened to go by herself — with the two big dogs.

Just minutes after the attack, she was spotted by Bureau of Land Management Fire Battalion Chief Eddie Childs. He had stopped on Piute Mountain Road.

“She came down blowing her horn, she was moving pretty good. And she pulls up and I saw her face all bloody. And she jumped out and said she was attacked by a bear,” he said.

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