Now, that's truly an unforgettable camping experience.
Ever had that lingering fear of being attacked by wild animals during camping? Well, sorry folks, this teen had your fear come true. (Don't let it get much into you though, camping is fun!)
One fine Sunday morning in the mountains near Boulder County, Colorado, a young camp counselor was awaken by what sounded like a loud crunching sound. And you won't believe what was truly happening when his sleep got disturbed--a huge black bear has had its teeth digging into his skull!
Turned out the sound this 19-year-old guy heard was due to this animal! But why did the bear do that?
Apparently, Dylan just happened to be its expected meal! (Oh no.) He got dragged out for a total of 12 feet as four other campers did their best to set him free from the huge predator. Fortunately, he was able to fend it off by fighting back and save his life. (Whew! Thanks to his wildness survival expertise.) He was then sent to the nearest hospital on which his wounds were immediately treated.
"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," Dylan told KMGH-TV.
Thing is, when they searched for any possible reason and surveyed the place, they weren't even able to see any food that could've lured the bear which make this occurrence very unusual.
"It sounds like a predatory attack. I assume the bear was intent on killing and eating that guy," said Dave Garshelis
, a wildlife research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "I assume it wouldn't have dragged him if he was alone."
Bears are usually not a fan of people and the number of campers that time were enough to scare the attacker. However, the bear must've been really hungry that it tugged Dylan and possibly planned move far away from the site before it preys on him which would've been easier.
Nonetheless, the incident made the community really anxious that Colorado Parks and Wildlife decided to euthanize any bear in sighting.
Can't blame the people though. It's scary enough to just imagine it. And to know that somebody nearby actually had his head inside a bear's mouth, now that causes an entirely next level of distress.