MAN WAKES TO SOUND OF BEAR BIT­ING HIS HEAD

The Denver Post - - NEWS - Tom McGhee, The Den­ver Post

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hop­ing to catch and eu­th­a­nize a dan­ger­ous bear that at­tacked a 19-year-old staffer at Glacier View Ranch, a Chris­tian re­treat and con­fer­ence cen­ter, early Sun­day.

The teen was sleep­ing out­side with other staffers when he awoke to a crunch­ing sound.

He quickly re­al­ized “there was a bear bit­ing his head,” said Jen­nifer Churchill, a spokes­woman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The an­i­mal at­tacked him at about 4 a.m., try­ing to drag him away from the group, Churchill said.

He reached up and be­gan to hit the bear, and other staff mem­bers also at­tacked it. The bear left.

“This is def­i­nitely a dan­ger­ous bear,” Churchill said.

Searchers used hounds to track the bear Sun­day morn­ing, let­ting them smell the teen’s sleep­ing bag to get the an­i­mal’s scent.

The hounds were called off af­ter the tem­per­a­ture be­came too hot. They will be brought back into the search when it cools Sun­day af­ter­noon. Bear traps have been set. Black bears are not usu­ally ag­gres­sive, Churchill said. “This is a bear we are very con­cerned about.”

The bear bit the man’s head twice, said state Trooper Jonathan Higgs.

The vic­tim was taken to a hos­pi­tal, was treated and has been re­leased.

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