Woman killed by captive black bear

By Calvin Palmer

A Pennsylvania woman was killed by a captive 350-pound black bear as she cleaned its cage yesterday afternoon.

Kelly Ann Walz, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Tim Conway, an information and education supervisor with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Walz went into the bear’s 15-by-15-foot steel and concrete cage about 5:00 p.m. yesterday, throwing a shovelful of dog food to one side to distract the bear while she cleaned the other side, Conway said. At some point the bear turned on her and attacked.

Her children and the neighbor’s children saw the attack and summoned help, and the neighbor shot and killed the bear while it was atop Walz, Conway said.

“Why this woman chose to go in the same area that the bear was in is beyond me. It’s a fatal mistake,” he said. “These things are not tame animals, they’re wild animals.”

Her husband, Michael Walz, is listed in state corporation records as the president of World of Reptiles Inc. The business was created in 1988.

His license to keep and sell exotic animals expired in June of 2008, Conway said. He called the lapse a technicality.

Walz, who has been licensed since 1994, reported to authorities in 2007 that he kept a lion, cougar, jaguar, tiger, black bear, leopard and two servals on the property in Ross Township, a rural area in the Pocono Mountains, about 20 miles northeast of Allentown.

[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]

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