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A CAMPER has described the terrifying moment he woke to find a black bear biting down on his head.
Paul Georgoulis, 24 said he feels lucky to be alive after the encounter with the huge beast in Santa Fe National Forest in Glorieta, New Mexico.
The man was camping in in Santa Fe National Forest in Glorieta, New Mexico when the attack occurredCredit: Getty
He described to the Sate Fe New Mexican how he was awakened by a loud sniffing sound as he camped out in a tent near his friend’s house.
When he opened his eyes, his head was between of the jaws of a bear – weighing roughly 300 pounds.
“I scream as loud as I can, right in its ears, and it kind of lumbers off,” he said on Thursday.
“The phrase ‘life flashed before your eyes,’ I don’t think is really a very accurate phrase of what I experienced, but I can’t think of any better way to say it,” he added.
Georgoulis said he was travelling from Colorado to Texas when he stopped into Santa Fe to visit his friend Dean Dommer.
Despite having plans to leave the same day, he decided to camp nearby when it got too late to travel.
Dom later described hearing his pal’s screams as he raced towards the safety of his cabin.
The terrified camper was bleeding from a gash on his head – a wound that eventually required 16 stiches.
“It was 3:30 in the morning, and he was running for the house screaming and bleeding,” Dommer recalled.
The pair rushed down to a local hospital where Georgoulis was treated for his injuries.
“I was really worried because when that bear grabbed me. … I heard a bit of a crunching sound. Luckily my CT scan came back OK,” he said following the incident.
Dommer later said bears are common in the Glorieta area, citing an increase in recent years.
He suspects a spate of wildfire have displaced bears and forced them to find new habitats.
According to the U.S. National Park Service the chances of being injured by a bear are roughly 1 in 2.1 million.
But, Georgoulis said he doesn’t blame the bear for what happened.
“I think really what happened was there was a curious bear in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.
“It felt more like it was kind of trying to gently pick up my head and drag it somewhere else, if that makes any sense. Like I think he thought it was like an inanimate object kind of a thing that smelled good.”
Reflecting on the experience, he added: “There are definitely some big emotions that come along with this that I have to process.
“But I don’t think any of it is going to deter me from going back outside.”