Alaska woman using outhouse attacked by bear
Shannon Stevens was treated with first aid kit after incident in which bear face was seen at at toilet seat level

An Alaska woman had the scare of a lifetime when using an outhouse in the backcountry and she was attacked by a bear, from below.

“I got out there and sat down on the toilet and immediately something bit my butt right as I sat down,” Shannon Stevens told the Associated Press. “I jumped up and I screamed when it happened.”

Stevens, her brother Erik and his girlfriend had taken snowmobiles into the wilderness on 13 February to stay at his yurt, located about 20 miles north-west of Haines, in south-east Alaska.

Her brother heard the screaming and went out to the outhouse, about 150ft (46 meters) away from the yurt. There, he found Shannon tending to her wound. They at first thought she had been bitten by a squirrel or a mink, or something small.

Erik had brought his headlamp with him to see what it was.

“I opened the toilet seat and there’s just a bear face just right there at the level of the toilet seat, just looking right back up through the hole, right at me,” he said.