July 11

The Science behind the Colorado Bear Attack and How the Teen Survived

Most of us could not really anticipate events and while Colorado is famous for its honest to goodness beer and wine, it’s also making waves because of a recent bear attack to a teen camper named Denver.

Bear Attack, Denver


Denver, Surviving Bear Attack

“I woke up to a crunching sound and a lot of pain… The bear had a hold of my head and was dragging me across the ground.”

Those are the exact words of 19-year-old camper and wilderness survival teacher, Denver, as he narrates the rather horrifying event of a bear attack yesterday. He described that the immense pain he felt was actually from a bear trying to devour him one skull bone at a time while he is sleeping on the mountain near Boulder Country, Colorado.

Luckily for Denver he was not the only human in the scene and he has his skills that ultimately bought his ticket to freedom. Unsatisfied of just crunching his head, the identified black bear dragged him a total of 12 feet before the other campers could scare and fight the bear off. Denver knew more than anyone else that one should fight or scare a black bear to be freed. Unlike grizzlies, playing dead or curling into a ball does not really work for a black bear.

Denver was quickly treated to a nearby hospital and celebrated as a survivor of a bear attack after 9 hours of 9 stitches.

Amanda Del Castillo of Denver Channel tweeted the following images of bear attack aftermath:

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 National Geographic, The Whys of Bear Attacks

National Geographic on the other hand tried educating the public on the said classification of bears and explain the science why this happens. Considering the fact that the black bear was not in imminent threat to unleash such predatory attack. To quote the said article:

“As many as 88 percent of bear attacks are caused by a male black bear on the prowl for food, according to a 2011 study.

Black bears are not typically aggressive toward people, but several factors could explain the recent increase in reported incidents. As humans increasingly encroach upon bear territory, the chances of a dangerous encounter with the animals become more likely.

In Alaska, for example, human populations have nearly doubled in the past 60 years, and Colorado is seeing some of the fastest population growth in the nation. Black and grizzly bears also have healthy, growing populations in North America.”

Meanwhile, it can be noted that black bears are not really aggressive all the time but Denver’s experience is just one of the many attacks that happened recently. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is now on the hunt for the bear which they plan to euthanize if caught.

Watch the news clip here of Denver’s interview:



H/T:  National Geographic


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