12-Year-Old Runner Recalls Bear Attack

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 26, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM UTC

She received over 100 stitches and lived to tell the scary tale.

A 12-year-old girl has a story worthy of the national news to share with her seventh-grade class. Michigan resident Abby Weherell was out for a run near her grandparents’ home in Cadillac, Mich. when a fully grown black bear attacked her.

Weherell told ABC News that she was in the woods last Thursday when she spotted a several-hundred pound bear ahead of her.

“I was terrified,” she said of the resulting attack. “I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, this is it, I’m not going to live.’”

Abby ended up receiving 100 stitches.

She initially tried to run away from the bear, but the animal began to trail her.

“All of a sudden, the bear stopped me and put me down on ground, scraping me and clawing me,” she said.

The bear eventually stopped mauling her and then Weherell got up to run away, but the persistent bear came back and resumed its attack.


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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