“Woman squashes bear,” was the headline on a small snippet my spouse brought home for me yesterday. He knows I live for stories like this.
It seems that a woman in the mountains near Frenchtown, Montana, has large zucchini and isn’t afraid to use them, especially when a 200-pound black bear attacked her dog, then tried to shove its way into her home to savage her.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, had let her three dogs out around midnight September 23 when the bear, startled while feeding on apples from a nearby tree, freaked out. Two of the dogs ran, escaping the charging bear, but the 12-year old collie, Brin, wasn’t as nimble.
The woman kicked the bear, screaming to try to scare it. But the bruin turned its rage on her, swiping her leg and ripping her jeans. As it tried to force its way into the house past the door the woman was desperately trying to close, the woman did what she had to do.
Let me say I’m impressed by this woman’s quick thinking under pressure. Not only would it never occur to me to take up zucchini in self-defense, but because my kitchen is nowhere near the back door, I wouldn’t have had one handy. The most I could muster would be a freshly laundered sock.
But lift the zucchini she did, launching a six-and-a-half pound salvo of squash to hit the bruin on its head. The bear, clearly realizing that where there’s one zucchini there’s bound to be more, fled.
The woman is shaken, but fine, suffering minor scratches from a swipe of a paw. The collie was taken to the vet, where it is under observation but seems to be recovering from its close encounter. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks are on the case, laying a trap for the bear and planning to use DNA collected from the zucchini and woman’s jeans to ensure they catch the right bear.
If you live in bear country you have to be prepared, urges the woman, who isn’t amused by the incident. Indeed, if you live where wildlife could be attracted to your landscaping, be a responsible human and don’t plant things that could lead a bear into temptation. It isn’t fair to the bear.
- Woman Fends off Bear Attack With Zucchini (abcnews.go.com)