Boy attacked by bear in NC; park officials close down several trails, campsites


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A teenage boy was attacked by a bear at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, prompting the park to close several trails and campsites.

The Associated Press reported that the unidentified teenager was pulled from a hammock and injured by the bear at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities said it happened in the Hazel Creek section of the part of the park in North Carolina. The boy had been camping with his father.

He was taken to a hospital with multiple injuries including lacerations to the head and was listed in stable condition on Sunday.

The park has closed the following locations until further notice: Hazel Creek Trail, Jenkins Ridge Trail, Bone Valley Trail, Cold Spring Gap Trail and backcountry campsites 82, 83, 84, 85, 86 and 88.

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