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Mother bear and cubs put down after near-fatal attack on Mariposa County man


On Sept. 22, Larry Yepez celebrated his 67th birthday. Friends and family from around the country called to congratulate him; it was a milestone he nearly didn’t reach.

Yepez was seriously wounded when a 200-pound black bear attacked him in the early morning hours of Aug. 13. He drove himself – while bleeding from wounds that almost disemboweled him – 9.4 miles to the nearest hospital in Mariposa, where doctors closed him up in time.

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