Shannon Stevens says she was attacked the second she sat down whereas on a snowmobile journey.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska girl had the scare of a lifetime when utilizing an outhouse within the backcountry and she or he was attacked by a bear, from under. “I obtained on the market and sat down on the bathroom and instantly one thing bit my butt proper as I sat down,” Shannon Stevens instructed The Related Press on Thursday. “I jumped up and I screamed when it occurred.”
Stevens, her brother Erik and his girlfriend had taken snowmobiles into the wilderness Feb. 13 to remain at his yurt, positioned about 20 miles northwest of Haines, in southeast Alaska.
Her brother heard the screaming and went out to the outhouse, about 150 toes away from the yurt. There, he discovered Shannon tending to her wound. They at first thought she had been bitten by a squirrel or a mink, or one thing small.
Erik had introduced his headlamp with him to see what it was.
“I opened the bathroom seat and there’s only a bear face good there on the stage of the bathroom seat, simply wanting proper again up by way of the outlet, proper at me,” he stated.
“I simply shut the lid as quick as I might. I stated, ‘There’s a bear down there, we obtained to get out of right here now,’” he stated. “And we ran again to the yurt as quick as we might.”
As soon as safely inside, they handled Shannon with a primary help equipment. They decided it wasn’t that critical, however they might head to Haines if it worsened.
“It was bleeding, however it wasn’t tremendous dangerous,” Shannon stated.
The subsequent morning, they discovered bear tracks all around the property, however the bear had left the realm. “You would see them throughout the snow, coming as much as the aspect of the outhouse,” she stated.
They determine the bear obtained contained in the outhouse by way of a gap on the backside of the again door.
“I count on it’s most likely not that dangerous of just a little den within the winter,” Shannon stated.
Alaska Division of Fish and Sport Wildlife Administration Biologist Carl Koch suspects it was a black bear primarily based upon pictures of the tracks he noticed and the truth that a neighbor residing a couple of half-mile away despatched him a photograph of a black bear on her property two days later.
That home-owner yelled on the bear however it didn’t react. It additionally didn’t method her however lumbered about its enterprise, prefer it was in a strolling hibernation mode.
Regardless that it’s winter, Koch stated they get calls all 12 months spherical about bears being out.
And 2020 was a file 12 months for common bear issues within the Haines space. Causes for that, he stated, might embrace the very fact it was a poor salmon run 12 months mixed with a mediocre berry crop. “It’s also potential a bear couldn’t placed on sufficient fats after they go within the den, that they is likely to be out and about extra usually or earlier,” he stated.
Koch suspects Shannon’s wound was brought on by the bear swatting at her with a paw quite than being bitten. Both means, the situation is likely to be a primary.
“So far as getting swatted on the butt while you’re sitting down in winter, she could possibly be the one individual on Earth that this has ever occurred to, for all I do know,” Koch stated.
Regardless of the season, Erik says he’ll carry bear spray with him on a regular basis when going into the backcountry, and Shannon plans to alter one habits as properly.
“I’m simply going to be higher about wanting inside the bathroom earlier than sitting down, for positive,” she stated.
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