The Steck family was camping in Southeast Alaska when suddenly, Kenny was attacked by a brown bear.
About 600 feet from the campsite, Kenny was at a stream collecting water. His wife, Hannah, and six other family members were back at camp, along with Kenny’s bear repellant.
He looked up and saw a brown bear charging him. A trained outdoorsman, as ABC News reported, Steck lifted his leg to try and deter the bear, but the bear clawed it down. Next, as Kenny tried to scream, the “bear crushed his shoulder and put Steck’s head in his mouth.”
Still unsure of why, the bear just put Steck down and ran away. Hannah, his wife, ran to his aid shortly after. A nurse, she was able to administer care to his wounds and they were shortly evacuated by a boat.
As Hannah says, “It wasn’t Kenny’s time to go last Friday. We don’t understand it…But we are really thankful for it.”
Use caution when camping in a bear-heavy wilderness area now that they have all returned from their dens for the summer.