Couple Fights Off Bear With Fists and Baseball Bat

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The sow and her cub broke into the Colorado home

Last month I wrote about a woman using a baseball bat to defend herself against a possibly rabid coyote. This time, I'm writing about a Colorado woman using a baseball bat to save her husband who was being attacked by a black bear that'd broken into their home. 

According to The Denver Channel, a mother bear and its cub entered the couple’s home in Pine around 8:30 p.m. Monday and started eating a loaf of bread.

Jon Johnson and his wife, George Ann Field, were watching TV in their home when they heard noises and went upstairs to investigate. That's when the mother bear attacked the 71-year-old man, who punched the bear while his wife hit it with a baseball bat. The two bears ran out through a screen door, knocking a hole in the wall in the process.

"All I really remember honestly seeing was this big brown blob in front of me, of which I empowered myself better than you guys could ever imagine," George Ann, said. "I don't think I've ever been that strong. I whacked that bear as hard as I could with both hands. You would have thought I was a Louisville Slugger."

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Jon was scratched and cut on his face, chest and arms by the bear and was treated at the scene. His wife was not injured.

According to Fox 8, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers searched for the bears until almost midnight Monday. They returned with a U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services dog team on Tuesday morning. It was the same dog team that was used to track down a mountain lion that attacked an 8-year-old Bailey boy last week.

About 5:50 a.m., the dog team found the bear in the immediate area and tracked her for the next hour.

The bear was euthanized just before 7 a.m., about 900 yards from the home. The cub has not been found, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

CPW policies state that if a bear attacks and injures a human, it must be euthanized.

The sow's body will be sent to the University of Wyoming Forensics Lab to confirm it is the same bear from the attack.

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