Punching a bear in the face sounds like an epic moment from a slapstick comedy or survival movie, but for one Alaska woman, it was last week’s big event. So, why would a small woman punch a large black bear square in the nose? To save her dog, of course!
Brook Collins, a 22 year old pet lover in Alaska, had seen black bears around before. They often come through residential areas in Alaska, and some are very used to the presence of people, going for trash and other people produced goodies. Usually, she would just leave the bear alone, or follow it to take pictures, but this time was different–Collins’ dachshund, Fudge, was about to become bear chow.
Collins’ had let her dogs, a pomeranian named Toki and then Fudge, out in the evening as she usually did. A blood curdling cry from her pup, and Collins saw one of her fears come to life: Her dog was outside, but with a giant black bear over him, holding him in her claws. Adrenaline kicked in, and before she knew it, Collins had acted on a principle she learned about animal behavior; When many animals are punched in the face, they back off. So, this petite 22 year old did just that, and punched the bear square in the face, then took Fudge and ran. Fudge suffered minor marks, but is fine, and Collins ended up with a cut on her thumb. To have taken on a black bear and won, I think those battle scars are fortunately mild, indeed.
Read the full story with Juneau Empire.
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