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Bear researcher in 'dream job' attacked by grizzly

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

A government wildlife worker who recently landed her dream job researching grizzly bears in a Montana mountain range is recovering from a surprise bear attack that left her with a fractured skull and other serious injuries.
  
Officials say U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field assistant Amber Kornak was attacked from behind on May 17 while working near a stream in the Cabinet Mountains.
  
Agency spokeswoman Jennifer Strickland said Tuesday that Kornak managed to reach a canister of Mace-like bear spray to end the attack.
  
Kornak then walked to her work vehicle and drove to find help.
  
A friend, Jenna Hemer, said it was the "dream job" of Kornak, who is recovering in Kalispell following surgery.
  
The attack remains under investigation by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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