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Teen Woken Up by Bear Biting His Head

He heard 'crunching noise'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 10, 2017 4:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 19-year-old staffer at a summer camp in Colorado briefly wondered what the crunching noise was when he woke up suddenly early Sunday morning. Then he realized it was the sound of a bear biting his head. The staffer, named Dylan, says the bear dragged him around 12 feet before he was able to fight his way free with the help of others who had been sleeping nearby, the AP reports. "The crunching noise, I guess, was the teeth scraping against the skull as it dug in," Dylan says. The staffers at the Glacier View Ranch Christian retreat were sleeping outside, near teepees where 12 and 13-year-old campers were staying.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill tells the Boulder Daily Camera that during the 4am attack, Dylan hit and punched the bear, which walked away "apparently reluctantly" when others came to his defense. Dylan was taken to Boulder Community Hospital to have two gashes on his head treated, but he was back at the camp by Sunday afternoon. Churchill says there doesn't appear to have been food left around that would have attracted the bear. She says authorities will track and euthanize the animal, then perform a necropsy to look for a reason for its aggressiveness. "While it's not uncommon to have bears in that area, it's definitely odd behavior," she says. (This bear crashed into an Alaska boy's bedroom.)

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