Quick: You’re 15 years old. You’re out camping. You wake up to find a 180kg bear in your tent. What do you do, Jack? WHAT DO YOU DO?You beat the holy hell out of it, that’s what you do.
A 15-year-old boy on an Alaskan wilderness expedition fought off a 180kg brown bear that entered his tent.
The boy awoke to find the bear sitting at his feet. After trying unsuccessfully to back out of the tent, the boy was bitten on the arm and decided to fight back, punching the bear a number of times, Alaska State Trooper Adam Benson said yesterday.
When the teenager tried to run, the bear bit him again below his ribs, leaving puncture wounds in his back, Mr Benson said.
The boy punched the bear again until it let him go and let off an air horn from his pack in the bear’s muzzle, alerting others in the camp.The bear finally retreated after counsellors blasted her with pepper spray and fired a flare at her feet.
Late on Saturday, following the morning attack, officials found the sow in the campsite area on Deer Island in southeast Alaska and killed her. The boy was flown to a hospital, where he was treated before being sent home.
“I think he is the biggest, baddest thing in the woods. He punched the bear,” said Steve Prysunka director of the six-week “Crossing Wilderness Expeditions for Youth” program for emotionally troubled youths.
The Associated Press
Hehe! “He punched the bear”!