12-year-old girl describes being attacked by a bear


WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich. — Abby Wetherell underwent surgery after a bear attacked her and is now recovering at home. Although she’s slow to get around, she says the love and support from family and friends are getting her through this difficult time.

“I’m going to die. This is it. I’m not going to see my family ever again. I’m not going to see my soccer team or any of my friends. I’m a goner,” said Abby, talking about the attack.

Abby recalls the harrowing moments when she was attacked by a bear on a two track road near her Haring Township home.

“So I was just running home and I was actually thinking what if a bear came out of nowhere? I would probably just tell them who is boss; beat it up or something, trying to act all cool. Then I saw the bear. I was like ‘oh my gosh.’ I’m not going to act cool. I’m not going to act cool. So I turned around and started sprinting the other way and it got me. It took me down with its paw.”

Abby said she got away from the bear and started running when it brought her down again.

“It stopped right in front of my face. I was petting it and I just thought maybe if I pet it it will like me or something. Please don’t hurt me. Please don’t hurt me again and that was not the case,” Wetherell recalls.

It was a neighbor that rushed over to the Wetherell house to tell Abby’s mom and dad what was happening to their daughter.

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