by: ABC News Updated:
A Pennsylvania teenager is recovering today from being mauled by a bear that nearly tore off an ear and left her with deep gashes on her head and arms, her mother told ABC News.
“I covered my eyes and screamed and prayed and hoped everything would be OK,” Camille Bomboy told her mother Krista Courter.
Bomboy, 18, was saved from the raging bear by her step-father Michael Courter who fired a rifle into the air to scare off the animal.
“I can’t get her scream out of my head,” Michael Courter told his wife.
The teen’s mom said that when her daughter came home, “She walked into the house and took her jacket off and when she did, she had bite marks on both her arms… She just kept saying my ear, my ear.”
In addition to the puncture wounds on her arms, Bomboy had two large gashes on her scalp and one ear nearly sliced off from the back of her head.
“My daughter is alive and it is a pure miracle,” Krista Courter said. “It’s going to be a long healing process for her, but luckily there was nothing life threatening.”
The attack occurred Monday when Bomboy was hunting deer along with her step-father and step-brother Kyle Courter. Bomboy and her step-father were driving deer towards Kyle and his friend when they spotted several bear cubs.
“The three cubs came running through and the next thing you knew, the mamma came running,” Krista Courter said.
The sow then pounced onto Bomboy and her screams alerted Michael Courter and the other hunters. Bomboy’s step-father fired a warning shot into the air when he heard her scream, which scared the bear off. He then fired at the bear again as it scampered away.