A Black Bear Chases Family Dog… Until Dad Comes to the Rescue!

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 30, 2023

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Coming face to face with an intruder that could harm your family is never an experience anyone wants to have. However, what happens when that invader is a wild bear? Watch the best way to respond to an intruding bear in the video above.

Black Bear Sighting Outside of Family Home

The short YouTube clip at the top of this blog post shares footage of a black bear. This bear was sighted in the backyard of a family home. The Pepper Loves Animals YouTube page reshared this viral clip, which has received nearly 5,000 views. 

Black Bear Vs. Family Dad

At the start of this video, we see that this suburban family has security cameras outside that overlook the backyard. Significantly, they did so so we could see this heroic footage!

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The mother heads to the back porch to call the family dog in from running around outside. Suddenly, she sees a gigantic black bear chasing the dog around. She screams for her husband, and seconds later, we see him tumbling out the door. 

He quickly surveyed the situation and saw that the bear was getting close to catching the dog. The man starts to yell, extend his arms, and widen his stance. The New Jersey Government states that when you come in contact with a bear that proves to be aggressive, the best course of action is to “Make yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with your arms raised above your head.” And it looks like this man knew exactly what to do!

This bear got so scared that it fled like it would be attacked.

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The utmost protection of our pets is always at the forefront of our minds, especially when we live near where wild animals are prone to wander out. While we know that bears, like most wild animals, are not looking to attack humans or domestic pets, there may be instances where this may occur. 

The Connecticut Government adds that bears will defend their food sources and that “A dog that interrupts a bear’s dinner is asking for trouble.” It could very well be that in the case of this video shown above, the bear was out looking for food, which is usually the case for bears emerging from the woods. Once the dog saw the bear in his yard, the dog startled the bear, and he went on the defensive. 

Had it not been for this heroic father in the video shown above, who knew how to step in and scare the bear away, this dog may not have survived. 


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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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