Hero Dog Fights Off Attacking Bear

Michele Foster says she will never forget the horror she experienced last Tuesday.

Michele Foster says she will never forget the horror she experienced last Tuesday.The North Vancouver woman was in her yard with her yellow lab, Boo, when out of nowhere a bear charged them with what she described as “kill in its eyes.”

Boo moved between Foster and the bear, and as it neared them Foster tried to pull the dog into the house. “She is barrelling towards us at unbelievable speed, and I had Boo on her back trying to pull her inside. And then the bear was on top of her.”

Foster was forced to close the door. She watched as the bear bit and clawed at Boo. The mauled dog fought her way to her feet and bolted, the bear hot on her heels.

“I felt like I’m horribly letting Boo down but I’m going to get horribly hurt if I leave the door open,” Foster said.

After she collected herself, Foster opened her patio door and started calling for Boo. The bear returned, charging Foster a second time. “She had her paw in the door and she was trying to get at me. She was foaming at the mouth and I thought “Oh my god, it’s trying to come in and kill me.”

Foster was able to lock the door after struggling with the bear,  and it retreated with two cubs who had  been wandering the yard, Foster says.

After making a number of frantic calls Foster located Boo, who had run to a home a mile away.

“I was sure she was dead, bleeding somewhere under a bush,” Foster said. “We drove over [to pick up Boo] and it was amazing. She had two big bite marks on her back and a couple claw marks on the side of her chest, but she was fine.”

Foster says she was to afraid to go outside following the bear confrontation, but Boo was begging to go out and chase her ball after just a day.

“Boo is the hero here,” Foster said. “I said ‘Boo if you can do it, I can do it too.’”
.

37 thoughts on “Hero Dog Fights Off Attacking Bear

    1. only on the DOGS part! he needs a better owner. id die myself before shutting the door on my dog being attacked by a bear -WHILE PROTECTING ME. wth soooooooooo sad to read this- like its NORMAL

  1. I agree the dog is brave, and am glad all are ok BUT….I feel bad for the bear. The bear being portrayed as an unprotected killed; ‘kill in its eye’. Then to only mention in passing that there were 2 cubs in the woman’s yard. It was doing what mommy bears do. Protect their babies. I hope she is not tracked down & killed over this. Sadly, its often the case.

  2. I’m with you Sarah! I’m glad that the owner and dog are ok! And, I think the dog was so brave like all dogs are especially when the owner left the dog outside to fend for itself with the bear. I didn’t like that “kill in its eyes” comment. We all know with the cubs comment that the Mama bear was just protecting her cubs like any Mom in all species would do. Bears don’t just attack for no reason. Real glad all in this story are ok and hope the brave dog gets some extra love, attention, and treats!

  3. How many PEOPLE would do that?? Unreal! God bless that dog and I hope that owner treats it the absolute best for the rest of it’s life!!!

  4. Good dog, Boo! The bear would have no doubt killed her owner. Whatever the reason, protecting cubs or not, bear attacks are horrible. I feel bad for the woman. She will never want to go in her yard again!

  5. I can without a doubt say that I would not shut my dogs out with a bear on the attack that part of the story slightly pissed me off …just goes to show you who is most selfless between K9 and human

    1. I can’t believe she just shut the door. My heart sank reading that part. The animals I am blessed to have in my life I love more than most people.

  6. Criticizing a terrified woman for truthfully saying the bear had “kill in its eyes” — am I really reading that? Wow. Next time she’s attacked by a bear that clearly means to kill her, maybe she should hire a lawyer to go over any statement she might make so the bear lobby does not get offended. Oh, and good dog, Boo!

  7. Criticizing a terrified woman for truthfully saying the bear had “kill in its eyes” — am I really reading that? Wow. Next time she’s attacked by a bear that clearly means to kill her, maybe she should hire a lawyer to go over any statement she might make so the bear lobby does not get offended. Oh, and good dog, Boo!

  8. No one is criticizing anyone, let alone the woman for being afraid. The ‘truth’ of the matter is, the majority of the time the bear gets killed for obeying its instinct to defend/protect. I (and those who agreed with me) was disagreeing with the article making it sound like the bear attacked for no reason. Nature doesn’t do things mindless. Humans sadly over react and try to snub out nature. If it were a tiger in Asia, would people not be saying….the tiger was doing what tigers do?

    Once again, glad all are ok, & hope the bear doesn’t get punished for being a bear.

  9. I’m not taking anything away from Boo’s bravery but it seemed there was a moment at the beginning when they both could have gone inside the house and closed the door. I know our dogs love us and would die to protect us but I wish they sometimes knew that it’s smarter to leave.

  10. We had a mama bear & cub coming up to our camp compound. Just mom & us three dogs for 4 months up in the mountains. Between the Bears, mountain lions, coyotes, wolves & a couple of red wolves…oh, & 1 snake, mom had her rifle & pistol with her. The bear tore all the bark off the tree 10 ft high that was next to our van. Mom was thankful it didn’t damage the van. Luckily we had all gone into town (35 miles away) in the truck when that happened.

  11. How could you close the door on your dog?! I hate this part:

    “I felt like I’m horribly letting Boo down but I’m going to get horribly hurt if I leave the door open,” Foster said.

    No duh.

  12. leaving your dog out to die is like saying…hey my child is getting attacked..well I better go run in the house and hopefully she is alive when I go back outside!

  13. leaving your dog out to die is like saying…hey my child is getting attacked. Well I better go run in the house and hopefully she is alive when I go back outside!

  14. I hate Demi Lovato! She used to be my best friend. She used to be a role model. And now..she looks like a (you know what) Anyway, this is my opinion so back off. Peace, SelenaGomez

  15. I listened to Pick of the Year on Radio4 today with crossed fingers and bated breath. Very difficult when cooking Christmas dinner. I was about to give up hope when Jeff Buckley singing Dido’s Lament came on as the last item. Only criticism – it was such a short clip. However, it made me thing that my frequent reminder emails to the Radio4 Pick of the Week website must have made an impression. I know there were lots of other people out there requesting too, so – result everyone! Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone. x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.