Woman Punches Bear In Face To Save Dog

A 22-year-old Alaska woman said she punched a black bear in the face to save her small dog from being carried off and possibly eaten. Juneau resident Brooke Collins said she hit the bear Sunday night to save the life of her dachshund, Fudge. She said she discovered the bear crouched down, clutching Fudge in its paws and biting the back of the dog’s neck. “It had her kind of like when they eat salmon,” Collins said Wednesday. “I was freaking out. I was screaming at it. My dog was screaming. I ran up to it… I just punched it right in the snout and it let go.” Collins said her boyfriend then scared the bear away. “I think it was more startled than anything,” she said. Collins, a hairdresser who has lived in Juneau most of her life, said she is accustomed to bears and knows how to take precautions around them. She also knew about this particular bear before Sunday’s attack because it has been hanging around the neighborhood. In this case, however, Fudge darted out the door before anyone checked the vicinity, she said. The dog, an older female, was not seriously hurt in the attack, but Collins said she is tending to the animal’s wounds and keeping her inside for now. Collins said she is also taking other precautions with her second dog.” w/ photo

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