HARTSGROVE TOWNSHIP - - Rachel Supplee, the 36-year-old Hartsgrove Township woman attacked by a 500-pound male black bear Monday afternoon is slowly recovering.

Supplee is still at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown in stable condition, said her sister Misty Weldy on Friday.

Supplee, who suffered critical injuries to her chest and abdomen, has two more broken ribs and a torn muscle, Weldy said.

"Her recovery will be slow and we don't know when she'll be released from the hospital," Weldy said. "She wants to thank everyone for the flowers, cards and support."

Supplee was in her 6434 Route 6 home with her 15-year-old daughter, Daphne, when the attack took place. Daphne went to let the family dog inside when the black bear, owned by Mark Gutman of Grand River Fur Exchange, 6310 Route 6, stormed past the teenager and attacked the woman.

The girl tossed meat at the bear to distract it and ran into another room, escaping through a window, according to reports.

The bear, that apparently escaped from its pen while it was being cleaned, was shot and killed by Gutman after Supplee's attack.

A fund in Supplee's name has been established at any KeyBank for those interested in making a donation.

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