Nightly News   |  August 19, 2013

Seven bear attacks in seven days

From Alaska to Michigan, reports of bear attacks across the U.S. have left seven people injured including one 12-year-old girl who was attacked while jogging. Urban sprawl and remote recreation are increasingly bringing bears and humans together. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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>>> a 12-year-old michigan girl is telling nbc news tonight she thought she was a goner when she went out for a jog and out of no where was mauled by a black bear . she is just one of seven people in five states who have been attacked by bears in the past week. why so many close encounters between humans and bears? here's nbc 's tom costello.

>> reporter: it was a heart-stopping discovery in naples, florida, a black bear who had torn into a screened-in porch, sleeping on the tile floor.

>> i couldn't believe my eyes. lining i never seen a bear that big.

>> reporter: fortunately, the bear woke up and left, but across the country, bears have attacked at least seven people over the past week. in northern alaska, a national guard hell couldn't her to rescue a hunter on saturday who survived 36 hours after being mauled by a bear n wyoming two high suffered minor injuries after being attacked by a grizzly and her cub. a camper in colorado was slightly injured last week n idaho, two researchers were attacked by a grizzly, one bitten on the leg. and in cadillac, michigan, thursday, a 12-year-old girl was attacked by a black bear while jogging. she thought she was going to die.

>> this is it. i'm not gonna see my family ever again. not going to see my soccer team or any of my friends. i'm gone per.

>> reporter: she tried run away, but the bear caught her. but then she says she played dead and the bear walked awaty. 2011 university of calgary study you in 488% of the attacks, the bear was acting as a predator, viewing humans as food. bears have grown up near humans, they are far less likely to attack, researchers say. this bear recently showed up near the nbc news offices here in washington. increasingly, urban sprawl and remote recreation are bringing humans and bears together.

>> time the of year that they are going to have cubs and also going to be out actively foraging and looking for food, all preparing for wintertime to come and hibernate.

>> reporter: in colorado this bear walked right into a bar, while another literally tried to walk off with a restaurant's dumpster. close encounters a little too close for comfort. tom costello, nbc news, washington.