Three days ago, a black bear and her two cubs were nonchalantly taking a stroll in a Californian neighbourhood. The little group of three can be seen on CCTV footage walking along a small wall bordering a garden.
While this can seem mind blowing to us here in the UK, seeing bears in some parts of California can be as common as seeing foxes on this side of the pond.
Black bear vs dogs
However, bears are much more dangerous than foxes. While black bears are usually placid and considered non-aggressive, they can become confrontational if they feel threatened and especially so if they have cubs.
So it’s no surprise that when Hailey’s dogs came storming out of the house and started barking at the ‘intruder’, she reacted badly. As her little ones scurry away in fear, she does what any good mother would, and protects her babies.
At first, she just starts to claw at the barking dogs, but terrifyingly, she eventually manages to grab a small Yorkshire Terrier and starts to lift it off the ground.
Hearing the commotion outside, Hailey steps out to tell her dogs to be quiet. But when she sees that one of her dogs is under attack, she rushes out to protect her own babies.
Teenager protects her dogs from bear mum
Incredibly, Hailey doesn’t hesitate a single second to push the mama bear off the wall, releasing the Yorkie from her grip. Hailey then grabs her dog, and runs back inside with her whole pack behind her.
While Hailey sprained her finger and scratched her knee, the dogs, as well as mama bear and her cubs, came out of it unscathed. It looks like there was more panic in the encounter than there was danger.
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Wildlife encounters with dogs
While we are thankful that all parties involved are now safe and sound, we remind readers that encounters like these can lead to tragic ends. If mama bear hadn’t lost her balance, she could’ve seriously harmed one of the dogs or even Hailey. And if she wasn’t up on a wall, one of the dogs could’ve seriously harmed her or her cubs.
In order to protect wildlife, it’s essential that pet owners practice perfect recall with their dogs. In national parks and other natural areas filled with wildlife, it’s important to keep dogs on a lead. If you do spot a wild animal, it is recommended to stay out of their path, even if they are not known to be an aggressive species. And if, sadly, there is an encounter between a dog and a wild animal, owners must think of their own safety first.
We are just glad that this story ended so well. We hope Hailey and her pups as well as mama bear and her cubs are recovering from the fright they had and we wish them all the best.