September 13, 2013

N.H. woman fends off bear with baby gate

Lisa Webb says she 'whacked it in the head' to try to prevent her two dogs from going after the bear.

The Associated Press

DOVER, N.H. — A New Hampshire woman says she fended off a 300-pound black bear with a baby gate.

Lisa Webb said she "whacked it in the head" just before Labor Day weekend, as she and her family were settling in at a home in Madison.

Webb tells the Portsmouth Herald it was dusk and she was sitting inside with her 11-year-old daughter. Then they heard their dogs and looked outside: a bear was on the deck.

Webb said, she ran outside, grabbing a baby gate to defend herself and to try to prevent her Labrador retriever and black Lab from going after the bear.

She struck the bear in the head. The bear eventually went away, but clawed one of the dogs, seriously injuring it. The dog is recovering from surgery.

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