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71-Year-Old NH Woman Mauled by Bear: 'He Just Let Me Have It'

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    Woman Attacked by Bear Opens Up 1 Month Later

    The victim of a New Hampshire bear attack is speaking about the terrifying experience.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 17, 2018)

    It's been exactly one month since a 71-year-old New Hampshire woman came face to face with a bear in her kitchen.

    That woman is still in rehab at a facility in Bedford. She spoke with NBC10 Boston between appointments Friday.

    Apryl Rogers always considered herself a strong woman, but her strength was never tested the way it was last month when she woke up in the middle of the night to find a black bear rummaging through the kitchen in her Groton home.

    "I just froze, I didn't know what to do," she said.

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    Rogers, who uses a wheelchair, says she had no other choice than to sit right where she was.

    "All of a sudden, he just let me have it," she said. "He just grabbed my whole face and pulled it down."

    Hours after the attack, her kitchen looked like a crime scene. There were shattered glass, claw marks and a trail of blood from Rogers making her way to the phone to call 911.

    "I just thank God every day I am here," she said.

    Rogers suffered broken bones in her face and a fractured vertebrae. Her left eye was so badly damaged, she had to have it removed.

    "I'm not going to let it get me down," Rogers said with a laugh.

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    Rogers says she's happy to hear that authorities haven't yet caught the bear, because she doesn't want to see it euthanized.

    "The bear was just being a bear," she said.

    Rogers says she's looking forward to going home.

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