Saturday, July 08, 2006

Bear Scare

The Grave Digger

One declawed New Jersey housecat scared a black bear right up a tree. On June 4, the black bear entered the cat's yard. Frightened by the 15 pound cat, the bear fled up a neighbor's tree.

Hissing at the base of the tree, Jack the clawless cat kept the bear at bay for about 15 minutes, then ran him up another tree after an attempted escape.

Finally, Jack's owner, Donna Dickey, called the cat inside, and the timorous trespasser disappeared back into the woods.

"He doesn't want anybody in his yard," Dickey said of Jack in an interview with the Newark Star Ledger.
Link. A full grown black bear can weigh up to 900 pounds, and are known to eat animals much larger than Jack. However, black bears are not typically territorial.

Maybe Jack thought that the bear was going to steal his lasagna.

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Image credits: Untitled (AP), via National Geographic, borrowed for news reporting and comment purposes.