Friday, September 24, 2010

woman fends off bear with zucchini

Montana woman fends off bear with zucchini

Posted: Sep 23, 2010 12:20 PM by Irina Cats (KPAX) 
Updated: Sep 23, 2010 12:41 PM

A Frenchtown woman successfully fended off a black bear who charged at her in the backyard of her home - and she did it with a zucchini.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Department says it happened Wednesday morning, just after midnight on Sorrell Springs Road.

The woman says she opened her back door to let her two dogs out and a short time later the dogs started going crazy.

The woman then opened the back door and saw a bear swiping at her dog and batting him around. 

She started to yell at the bear in an attempt to scare it away, but the bear then charged at her. The bear swiped at her with his paw, tore through her pant leg and scratched her on the leg.

The closest thing to her was about a 12 to 14-inch zucchini, so she grabbed it, hit the bear on the head and the bear took off. 

The woman is okay and so is the dog.

She doesn't want to go on camera or to have her personal information released to the public. 

The sheriff's department is working on getting us some pictures of the scene and possibly getting us a phone interview with the victim.

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