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Mother talks about son surviving bear attack

Aaron Myers' tent following the bear attack (Source: KRQE) Aaron Myers' tent following the bear attack (Source: KRQE)
Aaron Myers (Source: Beth Myers) Aaron Myers (Source: Beth Myers)
Aaron Myers (Source: Myers Family) Aaron Myers (Source: Myers Family)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The mother of a 14-year-old Boy Scout who survived a bear attack in New Mexico is talking about her son's ordeal.

"It was way more scary than painful at first because you just don't know what's happening and what's going to happen," says Beth Myers, the mother of Aaron Myers.

Aaron Myers was camping at the Philmont Boy Scout Reservation when the attack happened. His father was with him on the trip, but his mother stayed home in Symmes Township.

"The bear came into their camp where the tents were, and rubbed up against another tent that was right next to his, and startled the boys there. One of the boys got out of the tent, jumped up, and started screaming because that is what they are told to do," say Myers. "It was just 5 o'clock in the morning, and they were all still asleep.  So he sat up in the tent, and I guess the sudden movement, and it was right next to the bear, you know, made the bear bite him, and attack him."

Beth says the other folks at camp sprang into action to save her son.

 "Apparently the other adult leader that was there realized the bear was going on, scrambled for his glasses, and got out of his tent. I guess, his quote was 'Oh my gosh, the bear has Aaron,'" says Myers. "And then, he picked up this huge stone and threw it at the bear's backside, which loosened it's grip on my son's head."

Beth says Aaron is recovering now, and is headed home Friday evening.

"He seems to be in pretty good spirits. You know we're kind of worried about maybe a week later, or next time when we went to go camping how he's going to feel. But overall, he seems to be doing just fine," says Beth.

Workers at Philmont shot and killed the bear. It will be tested for rabies.


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