A teen staffer at a Colorado camp fought off a bear after waking up Sunday to find the animal biting his head and trying to drag him away.
The 19-year-old woke up at around 4 a.m. to a ”crunching sound” with his head inside the mouth of the bear, which was trying to pull him out of his sleeping bag as he slept outside at Glacier View Ranch 48 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said.
The teen punched and hit it and other staffers who were sleeping nearby yelled and swatted at the bear, which eventually left, she said.
The staffer, identified only as Dylan, was treated briefly at a hospital and released.
”I never thought I would be attacked by a bear,” Dylan told CBS Denver. ”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.”
As the bear’s teeth tore into flesh, Dylan told CBS Denver fought back with all of the strength he had.
”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.”
Dylan teaches wilderness survival at the camp owned by the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.
Dylan and the other staffers were near teepees where 12- and 13-year-old campers were sleeping. None of them were hurt.
Black bears aren’t usually aggressive but have attacked several people in the West in recent weeks.