Dogs Defend Owner And House From Bear

Daniel Kelly, a resident of Saugerties, New York, awoke to barking and loud noises in his backyard.

When Kelly opened the back door, he didn’t have his glasses on and saw a figure and yelled at it thinking it was a burglar. In actuality, the “burglar” was a black bear that was only a few feet away.

His two 50-pound chow-chow dogs, who are normally gentle and docile, realized the danger that their owner was in and started to jump on the bear. The dogs wrestled with the bear for almost 20 minutes.

Unfortunately, Kelly was blocked from his back door and couldn’t get back in the house while his dogs and the bear were wrestling.

Kelly said that at one point, the bear tried to climb over his fence, but his two dogs pulled the bear back into the yard. Kelly was finally able to get into his house and retrieve his 12-gauge shotgun.

He went back outside with the shotgun to help his dogs. Kelly got too close to the bear and the bear took a swipe at him. He then fired a warning shot which scared the bear up a tree. Eventually, the bear left the yard.

Both of Kelly’s dogs survived the scuffle with no injuries except for one scratch to one of the dog’s legs.

Source: Daily Freeman

7 Responses to “Dogs Defend Owner And House From Bear”

  1. theAsocialApe says:

    i love animal saves person stories, but this one doesn’t sound like one.
    -black bears are pretty timid and docile
    -he opened the door and the dogs attacked the _bear_
    -the dogs tormented the bear for ~20 minutes

    i don’t think so. i’m glad the dogs weren’t hurt, i’m sure the bear was though. you don’t get attacked by two dogs for 20 minutes without sustaining terrible wounds.

    very very sad. :(

  2. Lynne says:

    Asocial, I agree. As developers expand more and more into wilderness areas, the wild animals are paying a steep price. Simultaneously with this suburban sprawl, urban centers fall into decay. I don’t want to live in a country with no wild life. It thrills me to see a fox or deer on my way in to work each morning, and I see them frequently. Even saw a bobcat once!

  3. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    The article doesn’t say what happened to the bear after that. I hope it was relocated to a more suitable place and not killed for being a “nuisance bear”.

  4. thomas says:

    How did the dogs get outdoors? It sounds like this man let his dogs out and the bear paid dearly for it. At what point did he get his glasses so he could see to shoot? Did he fire a gun in a residential neighborhood ? A wounded bear is very dangerousto people . Why didn’t this man call law enforcement?

  5. Nancy G. says:

    I doubt the bear was injured that severely, if the only wounds to the dogs were “a scratch.” He has a lot of fur, and this time of year, a good layer of fat. Dogs and bears hate each other, the man probably let the dogs out to chase off the “intruder”, or the dogs bolted out to get at the bear. I doubt the bear will ever come back, it was a lesson he won’t soon forget. But I agree, we push into their territory and then get hysterical when they are still living there.

  6. Lis says:

    Black bears are in fact becoming a significant problem in a lot of the northeast–and yes, it’s because we’ve expanded into their territory, but it’s also because black bear populations are making a comeback and adapting to the presence of humans. And as they learn that human homes contain food, they’re getting pretty aggressive about going after it. They’re big, powerful animals (females 90 to 400 pounds, males 250 to 600 pounds, and while they rarely attack humans, when they do, unlike grizzlies, it’s not always defensive. They do sometimes make predatory attacks on humans.

    If you see a black bear in your back yard, don’t mistake it for a teddy bear.

    The best thing, of course, is for you and all your neighbors (if you live in an area where a visit from a black bear is possible, to avoid doing anything to attract them. Don’t leave garbage outside, don’t hang bird feeders, just don’t put food out that will bring them in.

    And if they visit anyway, remember that that’s a big, powerful animal that can kill you. It’s unlikely that two 50-pound dogs did serious damage to the bear without suffering any serious injury themselves.

  7. Nora and Rufus says:

    The dogs did their job of protecting their Owner and their property from something that was a wild animal and bigger than all of them. You just can’t fault them for that. If the people who think that their was no danger and find the dogs at fault, you should be put in the same situation without the “bad” dogs and see what happens. I do feel sorry for the bear (probably hungry and drawn by the scent of food or garbage) and any of the wild animals that are being pushed out of their natural habitat for past generations by what SOME silly humans call progress. And that IS a sad situation.


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