WTAE - A Fayette County man needed nearly 300 stitches to close a gash in his arm after he was attacked by an unknown animal Tuesday night.
Wanda Knopsnider told WTAE Channel 4 Action News' Sheldon Ingram that noises were heard behind her camper in North Union Township, so her daughter's boyfriend, Adam Cravener, went to investigate.
Cravener, 25, said he grabbed a baseball bat and went outside. When he found the animal, he said it bit him.
"It came out from right behind the camper," Cravener told Ingram. "It just happened so quick," he said.
Cravener said it was too dark for him to get a good look at the animal. It was initially thought to be a bear attack but Cravener told Ingram he thought it would be difficult for a bear to fit in the space behind the camper.
"He didn't say what it was. He just said, 'It got me! It got me!'" Knopsnider said.
Cravener need 294 stitches to close a 6-inch gash in his left forearm, Ingram reported.
He spent the night at an area hospital but has since been released.
Scott Tomlinson, the Game Commission's southwestern region supervisor, said their investigation shows nothing to substantiate that there was a bear in the area. They searched the area and talked to witnesses, none of whom saw a bear.
Game commissioner doubts Fayette man was attacked by bear
post-gazette - A Pennsylvania Game Commission supervisor says there's "no credence" to a report that a Fayette County man was bitten or otherwise attacked by a bear.
Adam Knopsnider's family said he was bitten by the animal when he went outside to investigate a suspicious noise about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
But Scott Tomlinson, the game commission's southwestern region enforcement supervisor, says there were no bear tracks or other evidence the attack occurred as reported in North Union. There was evidence the man may have been bitten by a dog during a domestic dispute.
Mr. Tomlinson said, "There's no credence to the fact that there was a bear" even in the area about 35 miles south of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Knopsnider's family says he was cleaning out a camper when they heard a noise. Mr. Knopsnider grabbed a baseball bat and went outside to investigate, and that's when his family says he was attacked.
The victim's mother, Wanda Knopsnider, said her 25-year-old son was screaming, "It got me, it got me!" and was bleeding badly before he was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., for treatment.
The hospital says they have no record of a patient by that name being admitted, though it's possible he was treated and released from the emergency room.
NOTE: I had not heard about this incident (which occurred 3 weeks ago) until I noticed Sharon Lee had posted at The Bigfoot Field Reporter. This one is a bit strange...300 stitches is a mighty big swipe of a paw. The only animal that could have remotely done that (IMO) was a big cat. As far as a black bear, if there were cubs around or a food source, it may be possible...but I'm really doubting this story from the get-go. Lon
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