ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska girl had the scare of a lifetime when utilizing an outhouse within the backcountry and he or she was attacked by a bear, from under.“I bought on the market and sat down on the bathroom and instantly one thing bit my butt proper as I sat down,” Shannon Stevens informed The Associated Press on Thursday. “I jumped up and I screamed when it occurred.”Stevens, her brother Erik and his girlfriend had taken snowmobiles into the wilderness Feb. 13 to remain at his yurt, situated about 20 miles northwest of Haines, in southeast Alaska.Her brother heard the screaming and went out to the outhouse, about 150 ft away from the yurt. There, he discovered Shannon tending to her wound. They at first thought she had been bitten by a squirrel or a mink, or one thing small.“I simply shut the lid as quick as I might. I mentioned, ‘There’s a bear down there, we bought to get out of right here now,’” he mentioned. “And we ran again to the yurt as quick as we might.”Once safely again inside, they handled Shannon with a primary help equipment. They decided it wasn’t that severe, however they might head to Haines if it worsened.“It was bleeding, but it surely wasn’t tremendous unhealthy,” Shannon mentioned.The subsequent morning, they discovered bear tracks everywhere in the property, however the bear had left the realm. “You might see them throughout the snow, coming as much as the aspect of the outhouse,” she mentioned.They determine the bear bought contained in the outhouse via a gap on the backside of the again door.“I count on it’s most likely not that unhealthy of slightly den within the winter,” Shannon mentioned.Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Management Biologist Carl Koch suspects it was a black bear based mostly upon photographs of the tracks he noticed and the truth that a neighbor residing a few half mile away despatched him a photograph of a black bear on her property two days later.That home-owner yelled on the bear but it surely didn’t react. It additionally didn’t method her however lumbered about its enterprise, prefer it was in a strolling hibernation mode.Even although it’s winter, Koch mentioned they get calls all yr spherical about bears being out.And 2020 was a report yr for basic bear issues within the Haines space. Reasons for that, he mentioned, might embrace the very fact it was a poor salmon run yr mixed with a mediocre berry crop. “It can also be potential a bear couldn’t placed on sufficient fats after they go within the den, that they is likely to be out and about extra usually or earlier,” he mentioned.Koch suspects Shannon’s wound was brought on by the bear swatting at her with a paw quite than being bitten. Either approach, the situation is likely to be a primary.“As far as getting swatted on the butt whenever you’re sitting down in winter, she might be the one particular person on Earth that this has ever occurred to, for all I do know,” Koch mentioned.No matter the season, Erik says he’ll carry bear spray with him on a regular basis when going into the backcountry, and Shannon plans to vary one conduct as effectively.“I’m simply going to be higher about trying inside the bathroom earlier than sitting down, for positive,” she mentioned.