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Bellevue City Councilman Mauled By Bear

LAKE WENATCHEE, Wash. -Chelan County Sheriff's Deputies say Bellevue City Councilman John Chelminiak has been mauled by a bear at his Lake Wenatchee vacation home. The Wenatchee World says state Fish and Wildlife agents killed the bear about three hours after the Friday night attack.

Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Foreman says the 58-year-old Chelminiak had puncture wounds to his face and head. Fish and Wildlife agent Doug Ward says the injuries are not life-threatening but Chelminiak was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where doctors specialize in reconstructive surgery.

Foreman says Chelminiak's wife called 911 after she heard her husband calling for help while he was walking his dogs. Ward says investigators haven't yet determined why the bear attacked. However, he says the bear was old, very thin and in poor condition.

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