Negative wildlife reactions seem to always be in the news. Not a week goes by without there being a bear, mountain lion, or some other animal attacking a person. Those people that get attacked are then forced to defend themselves using whatever means necessary.
According to CBS 4 Denver, Jon Johnson and George Fields, an elderly Colorado couple discovered a mother bear and her two cubs in their home. The bears were snacking on a loaf of bread when the couple walked in on them.
Upon being discovered the mother bear attacked Johnson. That’s when he punched the bear in the stomach.
“She swatted me in the nose. She was down here, she was low when she swatted me. I turned around I punched her in the nose. From that point, we started going back-and-forth like a dance. She took some swipes here swipe on my chest.”
The wife then struck the bear with a baseball bat causing it to flee.
“I grabbed the bat. I missed the big bear fight. All I remember seeing was a big brown blob in front of me. I empowered myself. I’ve never been that strong. I whacked that bear as strong as I could… you would have thought I was a Louisville slugger,” said Field.
The man had scratches and cuts on his face and arms and his wife was uninjured.
The mother bear was found and euthanized. Colorado Parks and Wildlife law says a bear must be euthanized if it attacks a person. The cub was not found.
The couple takes part of the blame due to their bird feeders.
“It was partially my fault for having bird feeders,” said Johnson. “I’m not happy about it, but on the other hand, bears that do come into houses are in a situation where they make it a habit.”