UPDATE: Woman Bitten By Bear at Wisconsin Zoo, Fingers Severed

UPDATED Thursday, March 11, 2010 --- 3:35 p.m.

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- Manitowoc police say a woman whose fingers were bitten off by an Asiatic black bear at Lincoln Park Zoo last week was drunk.

Police Capt. Scott Luchterhand says Thursday that tests taken several hours after Friday's incident show 47-year-old Tracy Weiler had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent. That's twice the legal limit for driving.

Police tell the Herald Times Reporter of Manitowoc that Weiler's boyfriend was also intoxicated. They were both cited for violating park rules, including having alcohol in the zoo and crossing safety barriers.

Luchterhand says they'll each pay a $681 fine.

Weiler was released Wednesday from Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. A hospital spokeswoman couldn't say what doctors were able to do for Weiler's hand, and Weiler has declined interview requests.

Information from:
Herald Times Reporter

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Posted Saturday, March 6, 2010 --- 6:30 a.m.

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Police say a bear bit off a woman's fingers at a Wisconsin zoo after she ignored barriers and warning signs to try to feed the animal.

The Lincoln Park Zoo in Manitowoc closed after the incident Friday morning. Police say the 47-year-old woman lost a thumb and a forefinger, and two other fingers were partially severed.

The woman's boyfriend was bitten as he tried to pry the bear's mouth off her hand, but he didn't lose any fingers. Her 3-year-old granddaughter wasn't injured.

A mayor's office statement says alcohol played a factor.

It's unclear which of two Asiatic black bears bit the women when she put her hand through their enclosure's fence. Police tell the Herald Times Reporter the bears likely won't be euthanized.

Manitowoc is about 80 miles north of Milwaukee.

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Herald Times Reporter

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