A Colorado Teen Camper Was Bit On The Head By A Black Bear And Woke Up To A "Crunching Sound"

Submitted by: rumham 4 months ago in News & Politics


A 19-year-old wilderness survival instructor on a Colorado ranch, only known as Dylan, described waking up Sunday morning to find a black bear gnawing on his head — and trying to drag him away. He says he "woke up to a crunching sound and me being drug" out of his sleeping bag at Glacier View Ranch near the town of Ward, 48 miles northwest of Denver.

"I thought it was a dream at first, then I realized it wasn't," he said, who quickly realized that the crunching sound was the bear’s teeth biting into his skull. "The crunching noise, I guess, was the teeth scraping against the skull as it dug in." 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said traps and scent dogs would be used to try to find the bear, and any bears found would likely be euthanized.
There are 22 comments:
Male 3,617
sometimes you eat the bear sometimes the bear eats you
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Male 5,214
rumham That's a good saying. But in light of recent events, I think we need to emend it.

Sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you, and sometimes you manage to poke the bear in the eye and prevent it from eating you.
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Male 3,617
squrlz4ever maybe the guy tasted like shit too? like he was wearing some nasty hair gel or something
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Male 5,214
rumham Perhaps. BTW, did you see that the real-life uncle of the young man who survived the attack is an IABer, and has commented in this thread?
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Male 6,202
"As I bit into the  Nectarine, It had a crisp juiciness about it that was very pleasurable -
Until I realized it wasn't a nectarine at all, But A Human Head! "- Jack Handey
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Male 3,292
Hmmm ... Can we, I wonder, just euthanize wilderness survival instructors and parks and wildlife spokespersons? 
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Male 72
"Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said traps and scent dogs would be used to try to find the bear, and any bears found would likely be euthanized." First the Native Americans, now the bears... 
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Male 72
hafa84 who is going to be "euthanized" next?! the chupacabra?!
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Male 3,905
Judging by the scars on his head, "gnawing" seems to be an overstatement.

Nibbling or Taste testing seems to be more appropriate.
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Male 5,214
daegog Sounds to me like the bear had clamped down on Dylan's neck and skull to drag him away from the other hoomans in preparation for killing and eating him. Ergo, the actual chewing would have come later. This was an incredibly close call. *whew*
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Male 267
This is my nephew...
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Male 5,214
tisk For real?! If so, please give Dylan my regards and congratulations. He's pretty close to a walking legend. It's amazing to me he had the presence of mind, seconds after waking up, to locate the bear's eye with his fingers and poke at it.
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Male 267
squrlz4ever Yeah, the honest truth.

You wouldn't be surprised about his presence of mind if you knew him.  Toughest kid I've ever known.  He's been the outdoorsman type for as long as I can remember... since before he was a teen.
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Male 5,214
tisk Congratulations of having at least one amazing family member. And thanks for sharing this information with us. It's an incredible story.
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Female 107
Poor bear. Food ran away again.
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Male 15,342
Deffo a black bear. Black bears crunch. Brown bears go "nom nom nom"
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Male 1,891
How does one make themselves into a bear burrito and still call themselves a wilderness survival instructor?  
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2,889
insaneai 
surviving it...
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Male 756
he was just hungry and the landscape was otherwise bear.

The bear was kissing him on the head, he just wanted a hug..

Perhaps next time he will bearicade the tent.

Things are about to get grizzly...
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Male 756
He bearly felt a thing!
HAHA!! FP!
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Male 569
stifler That was pawsitively funny!
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2,889
Fug...seems like he fared pretty well all things considered. On the plus side being able to tell your grand kids 'about that time I was bite on the head by a bear and fought it off with my bare hands', is pretty sweet. 
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