Grandmother mauled by bear asks 911 to 'tell husband I love him'

Maryland bear could have been defending one of its cubs, according to wildlife officials

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Bear attacks woman in Maryland

A 63-year-old woman who was attacked by a bear as she walked down a driveway in Maryland called the police and begged for her life before asking them to tell her husband she loves him.

Karen Osborne was at her daughter's home in Frederick on Wednesday evening when she heard the family dog barking.

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When she went to investigate, she was attacked by the bear repeatedly, leaving her seriously injured with broken bones and more than 80 stitches, her son-in-law Mark Snuffin told USA Today.

She managed to call 911 and told the operator: "Please help me, please help me. Please come now, please come now, I'm being attacked by this bear, he's coming back.

"Hurry. He's broken my arms and my legs. I can't move, and I'm bleeding, and I'm going to die.

"Oh my God, here he comes. Please dear God no, please dear God no. Go away."

The woman is then heard sobbing and says: "No, he's coming back."

As the operator reassures her that he'll stay on the line, she says: "He's getting ready to attack me again. Please tell my husband I love him."

The 200-pound female bear was tracked down and shot dead by wildlife officials on Thursday morning.

Speaking to ABC News, her husband Ronald Osborne said she was in a lot of pain and explained how she survived the attack.

"She said she punched him in the face a couple times," he said. "She's a tough babe."

He added that when this didn't work, she played dead.

Wildlife officials believe the bear attacked Osborne to defend one of its cubs which climbed a tree.

Paul Peditto, director of the DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service, said that it was the first bear attack on a human in Maryland in at least 81 years.

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