Only In Alaska: Woman Calmly Handles Outhouse Confrontation With Bear

Well, Alaskans know that a bruin confrontation can occur almost everywhere – but oh, the bear/bathroom humor of it all! Here’s more from KHNS radio:

After traveling across the frozen lake by snow machine on Saturday, they cooked sausages over an outdoor firepit. Later that evening, Stevens left the yurt to use the outhouse.

“Normally, when we are out there in the summer or the fall I’m used to shouting ‘Hey, bear!’ the whole way. It was the dead of winter, so I didn’t think to do that this time,” Stevens said. “I got in there and sat down on the toilet seat, and something just immediately bit me in the butt. I jumped up and screamed.”

She called for her brother Erik Stevens who came running to investigate. 

“I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m going to open the lid and look.’ I take the headlamp and I grab the lid of the toilet seat and I lift it up,” Erik Stevens said. “Right at the level of the toilet seat, maybe an inch or two below, is a gigantic bear face looking right back up at me.”

Fortunately, Shannon was not seriously hurt. But she has quite a story to tell around her next campfire.