Bear Attack Victim Retells Story From Hospital Bed
Sam Gottsegen, of Denver was in a group of 7 teens in the Alaskan wilderness school that was attacked by a grizzly sow on Saturday. The group was on their first day without adult supervision, their 24th day out of 30. They had just crossed a creek, the first member of their group to make it across, Joshua Berg, yelled "Bear, Bear!" He was the most seriously injured in the group, then Gottsegen the second in the group. Out of the 7 only 3 escaped uninjured, but they still remember the sounds of the attack. Their friends' helpless screams, the growling of the bear as it attacked.
The attack lasted a minute. Too fast for the teens to get their bear spray out, no one had a gun. They said they were yelling as they crossed, but there was a rock cropping there that may have made it difficult for the bear to hear them. Gottsegen was afraid he was going to die. As he lay there he thought of the stuff he would miss, also he thought he should've just played dead. The survival class had taught them to lay down and play dead, but with an angry bear charging he ran.
The other teens did use some of their new learned skills. They put a trash bag in one of Gottsegen's wounds and held it in place with an ace bandage. One of the teens, Noah Allaire, had thought the bear was gone and had started the emergency beacon when the bear attacked him.
"It speaks great volume to their character that they were able to come together like this after such a devastating encounter," Megan Peters, a troopers spokeswoman said. "They came face-to-face with the worst Alaska had to offer, and they're able to say they survived it." From Anchorage Daily News.