Monday, August 27, 2007

Bears Cause Ruckus at Campground

The weekend sightings began Friday night, when camper Dan Root was resting in a sleeping bag outside his tent at the KOA campground six miles west of West Yellowstone.

Root awoke with a yell when a curious bear bit him lightly on his leg. The yell frightened the bear away, but not before it had bitten into an empty cooler at a nearby campsite.

“The bear had bit the upper part of my leg and bit me good,” Root said. “It's pretty bruised up right now.”

Root called 911 but refused medical treatment.

The owner of the chomped cooler, Benjamin Allen, a U.S. Air Force captain stationed in Rapid City, S.D., said he heard an animal roaring in the distance Friday night - a sound KOA staff attributed to nearby cattle. Allen said he heard the cattle, too.

On Saturday night, Allen moved his family into a cabin and bolted the door. He said that at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, a bear came up to the cabin and fiddled with the latch.
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