A Colorado camp counselor had a dangerous brush with the wilderness on Sunday when he woke up to find a bear gnawing on his head and trying to drag him away.
The 19-year-old staffer, who is only identified as Dylan, was woke up around 4 a.m. to a “crunching sound” and extreme pain.
That crunching was the sound of his skull being chewed on by a black bear trying to drag him out of his sleeping bag as he slept outside at Christian camp site Glacier View Ranch.
The teen was dragged for about 12 feet before he was able to break free by punching the animal and poking its eye — but the bear took another grab at the back of Dylan’s head with it’s teeth.
Thankfully, two staffers who were sleeping nearby yelled and swatted at the bear, which eventually left.
Dylan was treated at a nearby hospital and ended up with nine staples in the back of his head:
Marks left by bear. Dylan tells us he teaches wilderness survival at #GlacierViewRanch camp– clearly, no one more qualified! Story at 5p. pic.twitter.com/eDWCM323YX
— Amanda del Castillo (@AmandaDTV) July 9, 2017
But the counselor isn’t letting the attack deter him from future camping excursions, telling KMGH:
“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.”
After the attack, the bear was tracked by local wildlife officials and killed.
Thank goodness Dylan was a survivalist expert and got out of this ordeal safe and sound. Watch the video (below) for more on the story:
[Image via YouTube.]