Man punches bear to rescue dog

Beagle bit, but saved after attack outside home

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An adult black bear walks through a residential neighborhood in a file photo.

BOYNE FALLS, Mich. - A Northern Michigan man saved his beagle from a black bear by kicking and punching the bear in the nose.

The attack was reported to wildlife officials in April. The dog's owner said he let his beagle out on a cable at 4:30 a.m. and returned a few minutes later to bring him back inside.

That was when the man saw a bear running up his driveway. In a report, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said that's when the beagle started barking. The owner said the bear circled around and swatted at the dog as he frantically tried to pull him inside only to have the cable get tangled.

The man said he kicked the bear while trying to untangle his dog from the line. He said when the bear came back and bit the dog, he punched the bear in the nose and it retreated enough so he could bring the dog inside and close the door.

The DNR report said the dog required a few stitches to its side and rear end.

A conservation officer later advised the homeowner to remove all bird feeders, clean up sunflower seed husks, spread some moth balls in the area and stop feeding corn to the deer and turkeys in his backyard.


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