Michigan man kicks, punches bear in the nose to protect the beagle from attack



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A Michigan man has quite a fight against a bear as it tried to attack his barking beagle earlier this month.

The Boyne Falls man let his dog out around 4:30 a.m. When he returned minutes later, let the dog back in, he saw a large shadow slowly across his driveway. He soon realized it was a black bear — the only species of bear living in the state.

“When his beagle barked at the bear, it circled around and swatted at the dog as the owner frantically tried to pull him only to have the line get caught,” according to a recent report released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The owner repeatedly kicked the bear as he struggled to untangle the leash. At first, the bear is back. But then the animal back and bite the dog.

That is when the man hit the bear in the nose. The blow on the muzzle caused the bear to pause just long enough for the man to escape from the inside of his house with the dog.

He then called the Michigan DNR, and conservation officer Andrea Erratt arrived on the scene.

“Erratt advised the homeowner to get all of his bird feeders, clean up all the sunflower seeds husk, spread some moth balls, and stop feeding corn to the deer and turkeys in the backyard,” the report said.

The owner agreed and then rushed his dog to a veterinarian, where it received a number of stitches in the side and rear.

There are up to 19,000 black bears roaming the state of Michigan — with about 90 percent life, explains on her website. Usually, black bears are “shy by nature”, but they have been known that the attack on the occasion, the site says.

“When bears stand their ground, people should do the same,” Kevin Swanson, wildlife specialist with the Michigan DNR, the bear and the wolf program, advised in an online statement. “In this kind of encounters, you need to loud noises and back away from the bear slowly, giving the bear plenty of space to leave the area. Not to run from a black bear or play dead as an approach.”

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