Pocono's have been struggling with bear issues since NJ fails to manage
the bears right across the river. Shameful and now dangerous. -Joe,
Girl escapes bear claws
Bruin tries to snatch Scout from sleeping bag
Thursday, June 07, 2007
By DANIEL HAUSMANN
The Express-Times Easton, PA.
New Jersey Girl Scout got a rude awakening early Sunday morning when a
bear tried to pull her out of her tent at a campground in the Poconos.
Tietz, 11, of Franklin Township, Warren County, managed to grab a
tent-support pole and slide out of her sleeping bag as the bear was
tugging at it. Tietz and four other girls slept in bags on cots.
was sleeping and I woke up because I fell on the floor," Tietz said.
"Then something started pulling me towards the front of my tent and
tried to pull me out."
After Tietz slid out of the sleeping bag,
she jumped into a fellow Scout's cot and the girls started screaming
for help. Tietz's mother, Cathy, and other Scout leaders said the bear
then moseyed around their camp site, approaching other tents.
The Scout leaders were able to load the campers, about 15 of them, into a van and took them to the camp's mess hall.
"It was a scary situation," troop leader Terri DeTore said.
after midnight before the 11-year-old's bear encounter, DeTore said she
heard a ruckus coming from a neighboring camp site.
the bear encounter, Camp Mosey Wood in White Haven, Luzerne County, has
been closed to tent campers for the next two weekends, according to Ann
Meredith, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Eastern
"Everybody will be using cabins and there will be no outside cooking," Meredith said.
can be attracted to camp areas by food, toothpaste and as Meredith put
it "pretty-smelling shampoo." Campers and Scout leaders receive
education and warnings about bears when they register for camp. Bear
warnings are also posted.
"Bears are a fact of life," Meredith said. "We're living in their habitat."
Cathy Tietz said there was no food out at her camp before the Sunday morning incident.
said a warden with the Pennsylvania Game Commission set a bear trap at
the camp. A message left for game commission officials was not returned.
Camp officials also are reviewing emergency procedures.
"We'll use this as an opportunity to further educate Girl Scouts about bear safety," Meredith said.
Reporter Daniel Hausmann can be reached at 610-258-7171 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.