BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- A teenager camping at Glacier View Ranch in Boulder County was attacked by a black bear around 4 a.m. Sunday, officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

The ranch is near the town of Ward, northwest of Boulder.

The victim is a 19-year-old staff member at the ranch who only wanted to be identified as Dylan.

Dylan, who was not in a tent, said he woke up when the bear wrapped its paw around him and bit his head, CPW officials said. He said the bear was trying to "pull him away."

“About 4 this morning, I woke up to a crunching sound and me being drug. And I thought it was a dream at first, then I realized it wasn’t,” Dylan said.

He realized that crunching sound was the bear’s teeth biting into his skull.

“The bear grabbed my head with his paw and pulled it. ... Then, it grabbed the back of my head,” Dylan said. “I did not know what was going on. Once I saw the bear, heard it’s breath, it was pretty scary."

The hulking animal dragged Dylan about 10 feet out of his sleeping bag while he slept under the stars with a few other camp staffers.

“I grabbed ahold of the bear by his ear and I found his eye, and I was poking it. It just let go of me and I was able to get away,” he said.

The bear took off but it had injured him.

Dylan was left with big gashes on his head that required nine staples. He was taken to Boulder Community Health to be treated and was later released.

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