“I never thought I would be attacked by a bear. I woke up to a crunching sound and a lot of pain… The bear had a hold of my head and was dragging me across the ground.” Talk about your rude awakenings. Camp counselor Dylan was able to successfully fight off the black bear with, thankfully, minimal injuries.
“I just started hitting the bear as hard as I could,” Dylan said. “And I found its eye, and I started poking it with my fingers…and it dragged me for about 10 feet before I was able to get it off of me.”
The cbsnews.com report notes that black bears aren’t usually aggressive…and then go on to detail that,
A woman and her dogs were attacked on Tuesday after they apparently surprised an adult bear and her cub in a huckleberry patch in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
Last month, black bears killed two people in Alaska in separate attacks.
Sixteen-year-oldwas killed after he got lost and veered off a trail during a mountain race south of Anchorage. Mine contract worker died and her co-worker was injured in a mauling about 275 miles northeast of Anchorage.
All of which is why it’s a good idea to carry something that’s bear-effective when venturing out into the woods. As a camp counselor, young Dylan was probably prohibited from carrying anything that goes bang. The rest of us…not so much.
When you venture off the beaten path, what are you packing to keep mamma bear at bay?