Teen attacked by bear while sleeping in hammock

A 16-year-old is recovering after she was attacked by a black bear while sleeping in a hammock in the middle of the night in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
3:04 | 06/21/21

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Let's turn to that miraculous survival story. A teenage girl camping with her family attacked by pa bear in the middle of the night. She's recovering this morning. Kaylee Hartung joins us with this is just the latest bear attack making headlines. Reporter: Yeah, T.J. So many people want to get outdoors. The great smokey mountain national park is the most popular national park. This family followed all camping guidelines. That couldn't stop this unwelcomed visitor. This morning a 16-year-old girl recovering after waking up in a nightmare, a black bear attacking her while she was sleeping in a hammock in great smokey mountains national park. This bear attacked in the middle of the night with no known provocation. Reporter: Despite injuries to her head and an incredible amount of blood loss officials say the girl was conscious throughout the attack. Fortunately the family was close by and able to scare the bear away and keep it at bay until the rangers arrived. Reporter: The camp site nearly six miles from the trail Tennessee National Guard had to perform an emergency evacuation by helicopter. We had to do the hoist rescue into a tight space. Dropped down through a small hole in the trees. Reporter: After the attack two bears were spotted in the area. Officials say one larger male repeatedly tried to enter the camp site. Rangers shooting and killing the bear the family identified as the one responsible for the attack. The family of five properly secured their backpacks and food and unable to distance themselves from the animal responded appropriately to the attack. If a bear continues to approach you or it shows aggressive behavior as in this situation, we encourage everyone to fight back, do everything they can to discourage that behavior. The family was successfully able to thwart that bear from anymore serious attack. Reporter: This just days after a woman in Alaska was chased off a hiking trail for grizzle bears. As national parks are flooded with guests, encounters with bears are on the rise, but attacks are rare. Black bears are the most common in North America, grizzlies more scarce. If you come face to face with a bear, being able to tell what kind it is may save your life. If you attacked by a grizzle bear, play dead. With a black bear try to fight back. Guys? It's good to know the difference and what to do. Thank you very much.

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