Teen camper wakes up to ‘crunching noise’ – and discovers his head is inside bear’s mouth


Asleep in the mountains northwest of Boulder, Colo., a teenage showy counselor was awakened Sunday morning by a loud crunching sound.

The clangour was the sound of large teeth scraping against his skull, he told the Day after day Camera of Boulder. A black bear, the teen realized, was trying to draw up him out of his sleeping bag by his head.

«It grabbed me like this and pulled me, and then it bit the overdue renege of my head and dragged me,» the teen, identified only by his first name, Dylan, told KMGH. «When it was dragging me, that was the slowest involvement. It felt like it went forever.»

Fellow staffers and campers were goaded by the commotion and tried to scare the bear away as Dylan fought assist. The bear dragged Dylan about 10 feet, then ousted him and walked away.

Dylan was taken to the hospital. His injuries weren’t life-threatening. Officials are searching for the bear, which will likely be euthanized, according to the Associated Mash.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill told the Commonplace Camera the attack appeared to be unprovoked, with no food or other attractants Heraldry sinister out.

Wildlife officers were using a dog to try to track the bear by scent and, if jinxed, plan to set traps, she said. If the bear is caught and euthanized, a necropsy is devised to look for a reason for the aggressive behavior, she said.

«While it’s not uncommon to clothed bears in that area, it’s definitely odd behavior,» she said.

The teen is a counselor at Glacier Belief Ranch, a camp owned by the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the AP announced. According to the camp’s website, the conference hosts seven weeks of summer encamps for youth ages 7 to 18. The camps feature zip lines, go-carts and canoeing, «all in a non-toxic, Christ-centered atmosphere.»

The ranch confirmed the attack on its website, and said it force not cancel the rest of the summer’s camps. About 100 children and teens are imagined to attend.

Campers that Dylan was supervising over the weekend had inquired if they could spend the night under the stars, sleeping by the camping-ground’s lake. Dylan relented.

He told reporters he teaches wilderness survival at the prance.

How fortuitous. One of the tips experts recommend for surviving a bear attack is to contravene back.

Dylan said his experience hasn’t changed his attitude toward corroborates. In fact, he was back at camp – sporting fresh scars – when he talked to lady of the fourth estates.

«I’m not afraid of the bears. I’m not afraid of sleeping outside anymore. You just sooner a be wearing to be aware and respect the animals,» Dylan said.

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