Transcript for Florida Teen Recalls Escaping Bear Attack With Ralph's Help
We'll tart with a teenage girl attacked by a bear while out walking her dog speaking for the first time about her ordeal and how her dog saved her life and Matt Gutman is on the story from Miami. Matt, good morning. Reporter: Hey, good morning, Dan. To hear Leah reeder tell that story is spine tingling pouncing out of nowhere as she was walking her dog Ralph in an area that was residential, it looked a lot like this one. It was just kind of like a black bear. Reporter: Leah reeder says she was paying closer attention to her cell phone than the black bear closing in on her. I was down on the ground and it was on my back biting me. Reporter: The 15-year-olds was walking her dog, Ralph, near her home in east point, Florida, when she was suddenly mauled earlier this week. It was what she did next that may have saved her life. In school they always told you to play dead. It worked because it stopped biting me as soon as I stopped screaming and realized nobody was going to come because like nobody could hear me. Reporter: Maybe humans didn't heed the call but as she was being dragged into the woods her cuddly companion did. He seen him dragging me and was freaking out barking and starting running up and the bear lost his grip and fell in the ditch. Reporter: Her 25-pound springer spaniel scared away a 200-pound bear. I'm very thankful the dog was there. Reporter: Somehow she managed to walk to her father's house. Her parents dialed 911. She's got a big ole gash up on her head. You can hear Leah crying. Her close encounter in the latest spate of bear accouttacks and we spent time with Doug Seuss and his grizzly, Bart. And learned what can be one way to survive an up close bear encounter. Cover your face and neck and you would try to get onto your stomach. Reporter: Hundreds of stitches later she is still recovering from wounds to the neck, head, back and arms. But at Christmas dinner last night -- Thank you for your protection over Leah. Reporter: -- One family knows it has much to be grateful for. I'm glad my daughter is home and alive and well rr9 wildlife officials say they shot a bear overnight they suspect may have attacked Leah. The spike in encounters with humans is probably to blame for the rise of bear pop layings in Florida. If you do encounter a bear, never run, never turn your back, back away slowly. If it is a black bear that attacks it, fight it with everything you've got. Dan, Paula. That would be fight all of my instincts because I would run really fast. The chances are it would outrun you. Yeah, thanks for that, Paula. Hopefully we won't have to put that advice to use. All right, thanks, Matt. There was a time though. There was a time. Very long time ago.
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