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This undated image provided by KCRA shows the home of Patrice Miller in Downieville, Calif. A woman found dead last year in a rural mountain home was the victim of the first documented fatal black bear attack on a human in California, authorities said. The grim first, spotlighting California's growing problem of bear-human encounters, occurred in Downieville, a tiny town in the Sierra Nevada, two hours northeast of the state capital, Sacramento TV station KCRA reported Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (KCRA via AP)
This undated image provided by KCRA shows the home of Patrice Miller in Downieville, Calif. A woman found dead last year in a rural mountain home was the victim of the first documented fatal black bear attack on a human in California, authorities said. The grim first, spotlighting California’s growing problem of bear-human encounters, occurred in Downieville, a tiny town in the Sierra Nevada, two hours northeast of the state capital, Sacramento TV station KCRA reported Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (KCRA via AP)

Officials confirmed that a woman’s death last November in Sierra County was the first known and documented fatal attack by a black bear in California history.

According to a statement by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, officials received an autopsy report and death certificate last week regarding a 71-year-old woman who was found in her home in Downieville, north of Lake Tahoe, after being attacked by a black bear. The woman was found dead on November 8, 2023.

The department’s authorities stated they initially believed that a after she died, but the Sierra County coroner confirmed the bear had mauled the woman to death.

Authorities stated the bear was trapped and euthanized. DNA analysis confirmed it was the same bear that had attacked the woman.

FILE - Homes in the city of Downieville, Calif., can be seen, Tuesday, June 6, 2023. A bear that repeatedly broke into residences and vehicles in Sierra County was killed this week after it attempted to break into a school gym, the Sierra County Sheriff's Office said. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez, File)
FILE – Homes in the city of Downieville, Calif., can be seen, Tuesday, June 6, 2023. A bear that repeatedly broke into residences and vehicles in Sierra County was killed this week after it attempted to break into a school gym, the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office said. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez, File)
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