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Grizzly Bear 'Punched' By Camper In Alaska
A man has told how he punched a grizzly bear to scare it off after the animal entered the camping tent he and his girlfriend were sleeping in.
Jason Lauesen and Liz Pawelko of Fairbanks, Alaska were reportedly woken up early by shaking and a bear's head, or possibly a paw, coming into Mr Lauesen's side of their tent.
At the time of the scare earlier this month, Mr Lauesen did not have his glasses on, and does not know what part of the bear he made contact with.
But whatever part entered the tent shredded the inflatable mattress he was sleeping on at the Sourdough Campground.
He told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: "I was sort of half asleep, and at first, I thought, 'Jeez, this is really tossing and turning.'
"Then I realised what was going on so I sat up. My first reaction was to punch, so I did."
The couple estimated the entire bear encounter, which happened about 6am, lasted less than a minute. They described the bear as relatively small, but definitely a grizzly.
The pair were coming back from a trip to McCarthy in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and had arrived at the campsite late the night before.
After the encounter, they found the jacket Mr Lauesen had been using as a pillow soaked in bear saliva that reeked of fish.
This indicated the bear probably had its head in the tent.