A Colorado teen was in for the shock of his life when he woke up early one morning. The tee, Dylan, is a 19-year-old camp counselor working at the Glacier View Ranch near Denver, Colorado for the summer.
The counselors and children were sleeping outdoors in teepees when the incident occurred. Dylan woke up to a large crunching sound, when he felt a sharp pain he realized that a bear had bit into his skull.
Next, the bear started dragging the teen by his head for at least 10 feet before other counselors could scare the bear away.
The teen was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his wounds. Doctors put nine staples into the cuts along his forehead. He was in stable condition and released from the hospital shortly afterwards.
The attack occurred at 4 AM while Dylan and his fellow counselors were sleeping. None of them were aware of any bear activity before they decided to pitch tents at the campsite.
The bear wandered onto campgrounds and attacked Dylan. He used his knowledge as a wilderness survival teacher to grab the bear by the ear and poke its eye until it let go.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife organization has set traps to catch the bear or any other black bears in the area.
Authorities claim black bears are not typically aggressive but there have been at least three other black bear attacks in recent months.
In Alaska, a sixteen-year-old was killed by a black bear and a woman and her co-worker were mauled by another. The woman later died from her injuries.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigated the incident and found no food on site that would attract the bear. They plan to use DNA evidence to connect any bears they have trapped to the incident.