Dylan, a teen staff worker at a Denver camp, was watching over a few sleeping campers. It was about 4 a.m. when the 19-year-old woke up to a crunching sound.
The sound was his head being bitten by bear. The bear was trying to pull Dylan out of his sleeping bag at Glacier View Ranch. Fortunately, Dylan was so well-trained he was able to fend off the attack, but not before the bear dragged him 12 feet.
“The crunching noise, I guess, was the teeth scraping against the skull as it dug in,” Dylan told CBS 11.
No one else was hurt. Dylan managed to poke the bear in the eye and swat it off. The bear eventually ran away.
This behavior is unusual for a black bear. Black bears will paw at food if they smell it, but there was none at the camp. They’ll defend their young from attack, but that wasn’t the case here.
Wildlife officers set up traps to try and find the bear responsible for the attack. Unfortunately, it may have to be put down.
Dylan walked away with a few cuts and scrapes but he is OK. Despite the ordeal he still loves camping and bears.
“I’m not afraid of the bears. I’m not afraid of sleeping outside anymore. You just have to be aware and respect the animals,” Dylan told ABC 7.
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