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Camper Needs 18 Stitches After Close Encounter With Bear In Angeles National Forest

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Authorities are on the search for bear after a camper in Angeles National Forest was injured in a close encounter.

Early Saturday morning, around 2 a.m., a 120-pound bear tried to get into a tent in the Millard Campground, according to officials with the Altadena Sheriff's Station. While the animal ultimately ran away, the camper was scratched in his forehead by the bear and needed 18 stitches to close the wound.

Millard Campground, above Altadena, is now closed for the next few days as authorities search for the bear. Officials plan on relocating the animal once it has been trapped. According to ABC 7, DNA evidence on the tent will be used to ensure they have a proper match.

The camper is expected to make a full recovery.