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16-Year-Old Dragged From Hammock by a Bear While Sleeping

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A 16-year-old boy on a camping trip with his father at Great Smoky Mountains National Park was dragged out of his hammock by a bear on Saturday.

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The attack happened at around 10:30 p.m. as the boy was sleeping about 10 feet from his father. The boy, who has not been identified, suffered multiple injuries, including injuries to the head, the Associated Press reported.

The father was able to fend off the bear from his son. The child was taken to a nearby hospital and listed in stable condition.

Officials told the Associated Press that belongings around the campsite were appropriately stored on aerial storage cables when the bear made its move.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash urged park visitors to take the precautions necessary while hiking in bear country and to comply with all backcountry closures.

Cash added that incidents with bear are rare.

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