California teen escapes bear attack with her laptop

(NY DAILY NEWS) – A California teenager woke up from an outdoor nap on Monday to find herself the unlucky object of a black bear’s attention. Luckily, she had an expensive and hi-tech piece of equipment to fight it off — her laptop.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Capt. Patrick Foy told the hair-raising story to CNN, explaining that a 19-year-old Sierra Madre woman was asleep in a backyard chair when the sounds of an approaching bear caused her to stir.

The bear “immediately attacked,” Foy said, scratching at her limbs and beginning to bite her leg. That’s when the potential victim got resourceful.

“The only weapon she had was her laptop. She hit the bear with it and stunned it long enough to escape inside the house,” Foy said. “She fought back vigorously, which is what you should do with any wildlife in California.”

The woman’s wounds, which weren’t life-threatening, were analyzed by a forensics lab, but even though two other bears in the area have since been captured, neither of them match the culprit’s DNA.

Foy noted that this particular bear attack seemingly came with no provocation, as the woman did not have food and was nowhere near any cubs.

“It’s likely she was looked at as prey,” Foy said.

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