Bear Flees from Vegetable.. [REWIND]
By angelamontana

Posted: April 13, 2018

With bears being out and about now in Montana, here’s an example of what we don’t want to happen.  You might have heard about the woman in Frenchtown back in 2010 who had a 200-pound bear trying to push open her door and she ended up scaring it away with a vegetable from her garden.  This all happened after the bear ripped her jeans while she tried to get it off of her older dog.

Here’s part of the story that was in the Billings Gazette:

The attack happened just after midnight when the woman let her three dogs into the backyard for their nighttime ritual before she headed to bed, Missoula County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Maricelli said. Authorities believe the black bear was just 25 yards away, eating apples from a tree.

 Two of the dogs sensed the bear, began barking and ran away, Maricelli said. The third dog, a 12-year-old collie that wasn’t very mobile, remained close to the woman as she stood in the doorway of the home near Frenchtown in Western Montana.

Before she knew what was happening, the bear was on top of the dog and batting the collie back and forth, Maricelli said.

“She kicked the bear with her left leg as hard as she could, and she said she felt like she caught it pretty solidly under the chin,” Maricelli said.

But as she kicked, the bruin swiped at her leg with its paw and ripped her jeans.

The bear then turned its full attention to the woman in the doorway. She retreated into the house and tried to close the door, but the bear stuck its head and part of a shoulder through the doorway.

The woman held onto the door with her right hand. With her left, she reached behind and grabbed a 14-inch zucchini that she had picked from her garden earlier and was sitting on the kitchen counter, Maricelli said.

She threw the vegetable. It bopped the bruin on the top of its head and the animal fled, Maricelli said.

To read the full article from September 23, 2010 in the Billings Gazette, click here.

Feature photo is of the actual zucchini used to fend off the bear.  (AP Photo/by Missoula County Sheriff)