Teen Camp Counselor Wakes Up to ‘Crunching Noise’ — and Discovers His Head Inside a Bear’s Mouth

July 12, 2017Jul 12, 2017

The 19-year-old teen camp staffer named Dylan fought off a bear early Sunday after the animal tried to drag him out of his sleeping bag as he slept outside at Glacier View Ranch 48 miles (77 kilometers) northwest of Denver, Colorado.

The teen woke up at around 4 a.m. to a "crunching sound" with his head inside the mouth of the bear. The teen punched and hit it and other staffers who were sleeping nearby yelled and swatted at the bear, which eventually left, she said.

The teen, identified only as Dylan, was in his sleeping bag when he heard a "crunching noise" around 4 a.m. Sunday, and woke to find the bear biting his head and dragging him away, KMGH-TV reported.

"The crunching noise, I guess, was the teeth scraping against the skull as it dug in," Dylan told KMGH-TV.

The incident happened at the Glacier View Ranch, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill told the Associated Press. The 19-year-old punched the bear as other staffers yelled and swatted at it until it let go and left the campsite, Churchill said.

Dylan teaches wilderness survival at the camp which is owned by the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, AP reported.

Black bears aren't typically aggressive but are known to attack when they are defending their young, or there is food involved, according to AP. Churchill said the attack appeared unprovoked, so wildlife officials have set up bear traps and will continue searching for the bear on Monday.

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