This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Camper Needs 18 Stitches After Close Encounter With Bear In Angeles National Forest
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.