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Sleeping hunter wakes up to black bear licking his head

By Mason White 4:25 PM October 12, 2015
Stephen Vouch 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A hunter in Idaho, freaked out and screamed after waking up and feeling a bear licking his head.

29-year-old Stephen Vouch of Boise, said that the bear ran away as he yelled at it, and it became entangled in a piece of tarp, which he used to cover the ground.

The incident unfolded around 2:00 a.m. on Friday. Luckily, Vouch’s friend woke up and shot the bear once. The bear climbed onto a nearby tree.

Vouch then shot and killed it. Vouch and his friend had medical supplies for emergencies, but did not have a phone. As a result, Vouch was unable to get medical care for three days.

Vouch reached a hospital on Monday, where he was treated for cuts on his head and released. Police estimate that the male bear was about 5 years old, and weighed about 250 pounds.

Vouch said that he plans to return to the area to hunt sheep despite his close encounter with the black bear.