A young girl on a camping trip got quite the scare after a black bear ripped opened her tent and even scratched her, KRQE-TV, Albuquerque, N.M., reported.
Officials say the incident happened on Wednesday (June 13) at the Ponderosa Campground in Bandelier National Park near Los Alamos, N.M.
The bear was believed to be going after a tube of toothpaste and lip balm inside the tent, officials say the bear was likely not trying to hurt the child. Luckily the bear’s scratch did not break the child’s skin.
At this time that campground has been closed and crews have set a trap for the bear. If it’s caught Game and Fish will put the bear down.
Rick Winslow, with New Mexico Game and Fish, said “So we can determine if it has rabies or anything like that and also just for human safety. A bear that is willing to go into a tent after whatever it smells in that tent, is dangerous.”
Officials say the burnt forest left from last summer’s Las Conchas fire and drought conditions may lead to more bear sightings this year.
They ask campers to not keep food or anything that smells inside their tents.