Bears typically don’t attack people… at least, that’s what Casadi Schroeder thought. When a black bear stalked her campsite, she tried to scare him away. But this bear didn’t run off into the woods. He charged right towards Casadi.
It happened in the summer of 2018 when her family went to a Bible camp in northern Canada to share about their upcoming move to the mission field of Thailand. They had heard there was a bear nearby.
“They let people know that he was around, but they weren’t particularly afraid of it or uh everybody wasn’t hiding out. And they just kind of went about their business, knowing that there was a bear there,” says Casadi.
“Our kids were super excited about the weekend, to get to go camping, and get to spend the weekend on the lake. We had three sessions that we were invited to share. We were the guest speakers for the weekend,” she says.
When they arrived on Friday, their kids quickly discovered the uninvited guest right outside their cabin.
“I think it was my older son who was like, ‘Mom, Mom, there’s a bear out here.’ And so we ran out there and, yeah, there was a bear, and it was kind of going in and out of – from like under our cabin.”
They took the kids safely into the cabin and eventually the bear wandered back into the wilderness. Casadi remembers, “They were alarmed that he wasn’t scared off easily. They really had to chase him down and throw rocks at him, be very aggressive towards him.”
The next night, the camp pastor felt an urgency to pray for Casadi and her family. “‘I sense that we need to pray for you. And you’re going into enemy territory, and we need to pray for protection for you.’ In that moment we just received prayer, and everybody got into small groups and just prayed for our safety.”
They would need that protection sooner than they expected. The next morning Casadi’s son woke to the bear trying to get into the cabin. “And he’s like, ‘Mom, the bear is outside.’ And so I opened up the curtain, and, sure enough, the bear was – had been pushing on the front door. Then he went to the other side of the cabin and crawled up the side of the cabin. And proceeded to swipe away the screen,” she says.
Fearing for the safety of tent campers, Casadi went out to warn others the bear was back on camp property. She found him trying to enter the mess hall window. She remembers, “He just right away backed up from the window and started slowly sauntering towards me. I slowly back away, I start making noise. I never thought that he would ever attack me. I just – bears just typically don’t attack people. They’re scared of people.”
But this bear wasn’t afraid. He charged Casadi suddenly and attacked. Casadi says, “I just remember all of a sudden he was in front of me. I remember he had knocked me down and he was just tearing into my legs. And then just biting in and then just ripping. And then biting in and just ripping. He was just way stronger than I ever thought. And the way he was tearing into my legs, I just thought if he went for my neck, it – this could be it.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News