Bear tries to pull N.J. Girl Scout from tent at Pa. camp
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WHITE HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — A bear tried to pull a Girl Scout out of her tent, causing the Girl Scouts to ban tent camping at Camp Mosey Wood for the next two weekends.
Celeste Tietz, 11, of Franklin Township, N.J., said Wednesday that she managed to grab a tent pole and slide out of her sleeping bag as the bear was tugging at it early Sunday morning.
“I was sleeping and I woke up because I fell on the floor,” Tietz told The Express-Times of Easton. “Then something started pulling me towards the front of my tent and tried to pull me out.”
She and the other girls in the tent began screaming for help. Adults then loaded the girls, about 15 of them, into a van and took them to the camp’s mess hall.
Ann Meredith, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, said the camp will not allow girls to sleep in tents this coming weekend or the following weekend.
“Everybody will be using cabins and there will be no outside cooking,” Meredith said.
Campers and adult leaders get bear education when they register for camp, Meredith said.
“Bears are a fact of life,” Meredith said. “We’re living in their habitat.”