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Teen Awakes To Bear Biting His Head (Photo)

| by Michael Doherty
A black bear.A black bear.

A teenage staff member at a camp in Colorado woke up to a bear biting his head.

The staffer, identified only as Dylan, 19, woke up around 4 a.m. on July 9 to a "crunching sound" which turned out to be the creature biting his head and trying to drag him out of his sleeping bag, according to CBS.

"I never thought I would be attacked by a bear," said the teen. "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."

Dylan was able to fight the bear off by hitting it along with other staff members who hit and yelled at the bear, which eventually ran off.

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"I just started hitting the bear as hard as I could," said Dylan. "And I found its eye, and I started poking it with my fingers."

Dylan, who teaches wilderness survival to 12- and 13-year-olds at the camp, said the bear dragged him about 10 feet further before letting go.

Dylan was briefly treated at a hospital before being released, the Telegraph reports.

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"The crunching noise, I guess, was the teeth scraping against the skull as it dug in," said Dylan.

There were no other injuries in the bear attack.

The bear's behavior was not typical for black bears in the area, said Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill. Authorities did not find any food nearby that would have attracted the animal.

Bear traps have been set up in the area, and any bear caught in them will likely be euthanized and tested to see if it is the same bear that attacked the teen.

While black bears are not normally aggressive, there have been a few incidents of black bear violence in 2017.

An Anchorage teen, Patrick Cooper, was killed by one of the creatures during a race in June.

The 16-year-old was reportedly able to text a member of his family while he was being chased by the bear. Several runners and rescuers tried to help, but were not able to get close enough.

"The mother was here with her family, her children, they were running the race, said Anchorage Police's Nathan Mitchell.

According to park ranger Tom Crockett, Cooper's body was found about 500 yards from the trail after the bear was chased off.

"This young man didn't do anything wrong," Crockett said. "He was just in the wrong place. You can't predict which bear will be predatory."

Sources: Telegraph (2), CBS News / Photo Credit: Flowcomm/Flickr, KCNC via CBSEric Kilby/Flickr

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