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