(Photo: Kristen Jones)
Why do people build bear-proof yoga studios? This is why. It's just not safe to do it otherwise.
Kristen Jones of Lake James, North Carolina says that last week, she visited her parents at their lakeside home. She rose early in the morning to do yoga by the shore. While Jones was in position (perhaps the balancing bear pose), a she heard something sniff her shoulder, then felt something lick her neck and ear.
Jones turned around and saw a bear. This alarmed her, as she told WNCN News:
“I stumbled backwards into the water and he ran up the hill,” she wrote online.
“The entire thing happened so fast. Sixty seconds and it was done,” Jones said. “I was absolutely terrified. I wouldn’t have been able to defend myself against a bear like that if he had attacked. There was an overwhelming sense of being powerless.”
Jones says she immediately started taking photos of the bear, “in case something happened and people found my mauled body.” She followed behind the bear until she got to the street and watched the bear go back into the woods.