Girl preventing most cancers survives bear assault in Lake Tahoe Cabin – CBS Pittsburgh
ORINDA, California (KPIX-TV) – A woman with stage 4 cancer said she was grateful to be alive after being mangled by a bear at her family’s Lake Tahoe cabin over the weekend.
“A bear mangle is no small thing. It’s huge, ”said Laurel-Rose Von Hoffmann-Curzi KPIX 5 as she sat in the living room of her home in Orinda on Wednesday.
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Von Hoffman-Curzi has dozens of stitches on his face, deep cuts on his chest and arms, and stab wounds all over his upper body. She was mangled by a black bear early Saturday morning at her family’s Tahoe Vista cabin – a cabin they have owned since 2004.
According to Von Hoffman-Curzi, it all started when she heard a bang in the kitchen and did some research. “I could see the freezer door half open, washing the food, washing, and it was like, ‘Oh my god. That’s a bear, ‘”she recalls. “And the next thing that happens is I’ll be torn apart.”
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Von Hoffman-Curzi said she blocked the door the bear came through and thinks the bear mauled her so he could get out again. “I scream all the time. I scream at the top of my throat, ”she said.
“That bear easily weighed her out by 400 or 500 pounds,” said Ann Bryant, executive director of the BEAR League.
Bryant said the bear could easily overpower Von Hoffman-Curzi, and some of the black bears around Tahoe don’t seem afraid of humans. “We call it getting kinder because they’re more comfortable around people,” Bryant told KPIX 5.
Recently, a bear was spotted going into Safeway to get food and then to a convenience store – he didn’t seem to mind the cashier trying to scare him away. Bryant said it is people who caused this problem by leaving food out where bears can get it, such as not securing trash cans or keeping food in their vehicles.
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Von Hoffman-Curzi said she saw bears many times in her hut but never thought she would meet one face-to-face in her kitchen, especially at a time when she was battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma in the stage 4 is struggling to be alive, I mean, no question about it, ”she said.