When Apryl Rogers, a 71-year-old, wheelchair-bound woman, entered her kitchen on Tuesday morning, she might have been intending to grab one of the things you normally keep in the kitchen—an apple, maybe some granola, or an ice-cold glass of water. However, that’s not what she found there.
Rogers lives in Groton, New Hampshire, a rural community with a population of less than 1,000. When she entered her kitchen, she encountered an unexpected visitor. An adult bear had wandered into her home through an unlatched screen door. When the screen door closed behind it, the bear became trapped. In a panic, it attacked Rogers, leaving lacerations on her head and neck. While the injuries are reported to be non-life-threatening, Rogers will need plastic surgery to repair them.
The bear later escaped by breaking through a window.
Kevin Jordan, colonel of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Chief of Law Enforcement, stated that bear encounters have been on the rise in the area because of increasing human encroachment. The bears are attracted to the food stored in human dwellings.
Fish and Game authorities are reportedly still looking for the bear; however, a storm that passed through the area is thought to have washed away its scent. If it is found, it will be put down.