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Sunday, November 2, 2014

By Great Odin's Raven! Legertha Lothbrok Lives!

It's three in the morning, (four, if you don't count the time change) and I was just checking my email before going to bed.

A friend of mine sent me this news article.  All I can say is "That's my kind of woman!"


Woman fends off black bear — with a zucchini
September 24, 2010 by John McCoy



HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman fended off a bear trying to muscle its way into her home Thursday by pelting the animal with a large piece of zucchini from her garden.

The woman suffered minor scratches and one of her dogs was wounded after tussling with the 200-pound bear.

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.

The woman called for help from a relative staying with her. They found the collie outside, unable to move, and took it to a veterinarian.

The dog appeared to be fine on Thursday, but the vet was keeping it for observation, Maricelli said.

The woman did not need medical attention for the scratches on her leg, though she got a tetanus shot as a precaution, Maricelli said.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials set up a trap in an attempt to capture the bear, the agency said in a statement.

Besides the nearby fruit trees, there wasn’t anything on the woman’s property that would attract a bear into the backyard, like garbage or livestock feed, wildlife officials said.



Maricelli interviewed the woman, but said the sheriff’s office was complying with her wish not to identify her.

“She was very, very shaken, and it kind of took the humor portion out of it for me,” Maricelli said. “She said it had this horrific growl and was snarling.


“(But) she can see the humor in it, and she wanted the story put out so the local residents can take precautionary measures,” he added.

27 comments:

  1. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    14 inch Zucchini?

    Hell' my Mosin Nagant would say something about that!

    Whats for dinner? Bear Burgers with Zucchini.

    As per that lady, she needs to keep some serious firepower near her door. Her courage was remarkable, albeit a bit foolhardy knowing that "firepower will trump food in a fight, late at night in your porch light"


    "I was up late a night and heard a sound in the night. I open the door, heard a growl and everything went afoul.

    It was a beast of bear with darken hair that stumbled into my lair. The dog ran past me and attacked the bear, it was a terrible sight, so late a night.
    The dog was howling as it was losing the fight to a bear with such might.

    I had to find a weapon' oh what I only had at hand was a 14 inch Zucchini near my right hand.
    I picked up the Zucchini heaving its heavy might as if it were a battle axe late at night. The Spirit of Legertha LothBrok channeled through me, like a shrieking Valkrie in side me.
    I sprang into action heaving my weapon of might to kill the bear late at night. I strike to the skull with a vegetable of serious might.
    Somehow the bear was startled by the attack and realized that it should fall back.

    The beast fled into the night, scared by my might and the vegetable to my right!

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    1. I didn't know you were a skald, CC. That's pretty good.

      I like that she battled the bear and didn't abandon her dog. She must have some kind of courage, because bears are frightening enough in the daylight, let alone trying to bust into your house.

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  2. Too bad the chipmunk ate our zucchinis! Seriously, though, this woman showed both courage and ingenuity. I hope her dog recovers.

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    1. Inger, since she had no husband at home, and she had no kids at home, she must be an older woman. I hope she gave her husband many sons and daughters, because those are the type of genes we need to keep in the gene pool.

      If a bear tries to get in at your place, I am sure your big white fellow will stand his ground. Don't know about the little black pup, he may be too young for battle.

      Years ago a bear tried to come on our porch in the middle of a big snow, and eat the dog food. I was working nights then in a town hours away. My wife called me and told me the dogs were fighting the bear, that the bear was backing into the door and making it bulge, and she could not remember how to load the shotgun. All this while I could hear the blood curdling growls, howls and the sounds of battle in the background.

      As it happened, the bear made a break and escaped. My wife and the two toddlers were fine. We did some serious refresher training on the shotgun, a habit we have maintained ever since then. I reinforced the door with stout wood panels. You live and learn.

      Now I have no worries, as my ferrets would sally forth in my defense should the need arise! ; - )

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  3. What a devoted dog owner! She is definitely inspiring. And who knew zucchini could serve such multipurpose functions?

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    1. It took real courage to stand off a bear. I know grown men whom I suspect would not have shown to equal advantage in such a situation.

      I've seen belt buckles used as weapons in impromptu dust offs, but I've never seen a zucchini put to such use. That lady is like something out of a Sir Walter Scott novel.

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  4. Thats just down the road from here about 15 minutes.

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    1. Maybe the apple munching bruin is headed your way! I hope not, though.

      You might know the woman in question. I can't understand why she is being so secretive about it, since she behaved admirably, but maybe she just values her privacy?

      If I had driven off a bear attacking me, armed only with a squash, I'd have a t shirt made up extolling my valor and give one to all my acquaintances. :-)

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  5. Impressive, yes, but that's why I keep a high powered rifle by the door.

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    1. Indeed. I keep a 12 gauge shotgun in the same place. And for the same reason.

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  6. teehee. she's from Montana which we consider to be in canada so i am not surprised at all - not by her courage nor her ability to think quick with a zucchini - bahahahah! all kidding aside, i hope that one of her friends or the police recommend that she get a weapon, if she doesn't already have one, and recommend that she take weapons training, if she hasn't already. she needs a shotgun at the door. but again, very admirable of her!

    much love Harry, email coming in response to the lawyer/kids issue. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. I think, being from Montana, she probably had a gun but it just wasn't where she could reach it. I go out to the barn and apartment in the dark if I have to, but I take a flood light and a gun.

      I'll check my email. Thanks.

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  7. Winter, bears and skipping some portions in case it's a spoiler for Vikings. We did just buy a TV for the cabin, a "smart" TV, in hopes we can keep up with our favorite shows.

    I have renamed it sledgehammer TV, since thats what I want to do to it.

    I always have a pistol on when out with Rock, in case of "bears". Good for her, maybe she will pack from now on. I figure when you love your pets like family, you have to be willing to sacrifice for them as well.

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    1. No, no spoiler for Vikings. I just think of Legertha when I think of a woman who could fight off a bear. And even Legertha has a sword.

      Did you get satellite? I'm not sure what a smart tv is.

      I don't prance around in the forest or at night unarmed. It's not healthy. But I can sure see how someone stepping out the back door to let the dogs have a bathroom break could be surprised by a bear charge.

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    2. After having a bear in the yard in the city one night many years ago, we always check the yard before opening the door. Same for the cabin, always check (but honestly it's mainly for skunks, nobody wants to deal with that ever. Especially at 3am).

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    3. I don't think I've ever seen a skunk up here around the buildings, but I've seen them in the forest when I used to do a lot of hiking in the national forest. I get possums and raccoons, bears and deer, coyotes and wolves, and the occasional Bobcat.

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  8. I'm sure she fought with the only things she had available in the time frame allowed. Charging bears don't give you much time to retrieve a rifle. You use what you have available at the moment I suppose.

    In my part of the country people like to leave their extra zucchini on your doorstep. They grow like the plague. My guess is she opened her door and there it was...and just in time for self defense use! --Troy

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    1. I think that scenario is probably the correct one. She wasn't even leaving her house, really, just stepped outside for a minute. Good thing the squash was there, ready to do battle on her behalf. Personally, I much prefer a shotgun for repelling boarders, but that wouldn't have been worth a paragraph on page four of the local paper, while this tale is doubtless circulating all over the globe. Except, of course, in Moslem countries where any woman who shows courage gets hanged. Or stoned to death.

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  9. Those killer zucchinis will get you every time ! at least it was not a banana. : )

    You know I love Lagertha Lothbrok. She is my hero. Can't wait for the new season. : )

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    1. I like Legertha too. But I don't think I would want to be married to her, she's pretty aggressive. However, I did think Ragnar's idea to be married to her and the Princess at the same time sounded pretty good.

      I think Vikings new season premiers in January, I'm looking forward to it. I think of all current shows, both on now and waiting for a new season, that's my favorite.

      You're right, if the lady in Montana had hit the bear with a banana, I think he would have eaten her up and had the banana for desert. : - )

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  10. ok - Harry's title put me in a bad mood because we still can't get Vikings on netflix and now all of the rest of you referring to Vikings in your comments are putting me in an even more bad mood! stop talking about Vikings until we can get it netflix, please? is that too much to ask???? bahahahahahah!

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    1. Kymber, I wish I had the show on DVD I'd send it to you. It's really great.
      Do you have the same DVD system we do here? I know Europeans and Australians have different systems, because I wanted the second season of the Canadian show on tank warfare and I couldn't get it where it would play down here. I also found out that the different formatting systems are intentional, and not technical in nature because they want to squeeze more money for the rights to the show out of different regions.

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    2. Harry - we have an LG tv and an LG BlueRay player, which is good as one remote control controls both. and thanks for the kind thought - i appreciate it!

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    3. I think our system here is called NTSC.

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  11. Hey Kymber,

    (captaincrunch)

    Vikings, Vikings, Vikings, Vikings, Vikings, yeah Kymber. I've seen 'em all.

    I will be more than happy to tell you everything I know about Vikings including the plots, etc.

    Seriously Kymber, I'm just having a little fun. I hope you somehow are able to watch all the Viking tv episodes so we can rant an rave about the show.

    By any chance Kymber, have you guys been watching any of the 'Walking Dead" episodes???

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    1. I tried the Walking Dead. Just couldn't get interested in it.

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    2. Captain - don't make me have to get the *ss-kicking boots out and come down there and kick yer butt - bahahahahah! we have been trying so hard not to read about the show, or episodes, as we just simply can't wait to get it on netflix.

      CC, Harry - we have watched all of the walking dead up to season 4 - season 5 should be coming out soon.

      we also really enjoyed Hell on Wheels, Sons of Anarchy, The Cult and the Following. much love to both of you!

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