Pa. teen goes deer hunting, gets mauled by momma bear


Camille Bomboy, 18, has been hunting since she was 10. Photo courtesy of Krista Courter

“I covered my eyes and screamed and prayed and hoped everything would be OK,” Camille Bomboy says.

The 18-year-old was “driving” deer on Monday on her family farm in Mill Hall in Clinton County when she saw black bear cubs run by, state police told NBC affiliate WBRE. Then momma bear showed up, knocked her to the ground, nearly tore off her ear and left gashes on her scalp and arms, ABC News reports.

Her stepfather heard her screams and fired his rifle twice, scaring off the bear. It’s not clear whether the bear was wounded.

Camille needed surgery and is recovering at home.

“My daughter is alive and it is a pure miracle,” says Krista Courter, Camille’s mother. “It’s going to be a long healing process for her, but luckily there was nothing life threatening.”

The Pennsylvania Game Commission was investigating.

Rick Macklem, a law enforcement supervisor at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, tells ABC News: “This isn’t a matter of a vicious bear. It’s more a matter of parental instincts.”