A bear attacked a woman running in a marathon Saturday afternoon in the Valles Calderas National Preserve near Los Alamos, officials said.
The victim apparently surprised a mother bear, whose cub ran up a nearby tree, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officials said.
The woman’s upper body, head and neck were bitten and scratched several times, but her injuries were not considered life-threatening. Her condition was not released.
Nearby runners helped the victim until an emergency crew arrived. The victim was airlifted to an Albuquerque area hospital.
Once the bear has been found, it will be euthanized and tested for rabies, officials said. Although rabies in bears is rare, it is nearly 100 percent fatal in humans if not properly treated.