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 he or she was attacked by a bear, from beneath. “I received on the market and sat down on the bathroom and instantly one thing bit my butt proper as I sat down,” Shannon Stevens informed 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, situated 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 degree of the bathroom seat, simply trying proper again up by the outlet, proper at me,” he stated.
“I simply shut the lid as quick as I may. I stated, ‘There’s a bear down there, we received to get out of right here now,’” he stated. “And we ran again to the yurt as quick as we may.”
As soon as safely inside, they handled Shannon with a primary assist equipment. They decided it wasn’t that severe, 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 everywhere in the property, however the bear had left the world. “You may see them throughout the snow, coming as much as the facet of the outhouse,” she stated.
They determine the bear received contained in the outhouse by a gap on the backside of the again door.
“I count on it’s in all probability not that dangerous of slightly 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 photographs of the tracks he noticed and the truth that a neighbor dwelling a few half-mile away despatched him a photograph of a black bear on her property two days later.
That house 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.
Though it’s winter, Koch stated they get calls all 12 months spherical about bears being out.
And 2020 was a document 12 months for normal bear issues within the Haines space. Causes for that, he stated, may embrace the very fact it was a poor salmon run 12 months mixed with a mediocre berry crop. “It’s also doable a bear couldn’t placed on sufficient fats after they go within the den, that they is perhaps 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 method, the situation is perhaps a primary.
“So far as getting swatted on the butt while you’re sitting down in winter, she might 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 conduct as properly.
“I’m simply going to be higher about trying inside the bathroom earlier than sitting down, for positive,” she stated.
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