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R.I.T. grad stabs bear that charged at her
22 year old Amy Stafford said she wasn't scared until after she realized what happened.
She stabbed a black bear after she said it charged at her in an aggressive way.
It happened two weeks ago when Amy was hiking in the Adirondacks.
The R.I.T. grad who received her diploma in May, said three bears were following her on a trail and she screamed and played loud music to scare them off. But one continued to follow her and then moved towards her aggressively.
That's when she pulled out her pocket knife and stabbed the bear. She said he turned and then ran. She ran and screamed for help.
It wasn't until she got back to the camp that she got scared thinking of what could have happened.
We spoke to Amy by phone from Pennsylvania. She is in the process of moving to Georgia for training. She is an Army Reservist.
Amy said she snapped a picture of the bear as it took off and has shared her story with many others. She returned to where the incident happened to watch as wildlife experts measured the prints to determine how big the bears were.
She is an experienced hiker and said she is glad she had her pocketknife out that day. It may have saved her life.