Family Dog Dies Defending Against Bear

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Stuart and Diane Andrews had finished brushing their 14 year old golden retriever buddy at their home, right next to Mount Revelstoke National Park in British Columbia. It was around 3:30 when a bear came out of the wooded forest. Buddy ran towards the bear, barking at it. Buddy was Stuart's hunting/fishing companion and had had bear encounters before. The bear charged Buddy, had him between his paws and bit his neck, killing him instantly. The bear took off with Buddy.

Two RCMP cruisers arrived quickly and then Conservation officers showed up shortly after. They found the partially eaten body of Buddy on an embankment. Baited traps for the bear were set up around the property. Sunday a large cinnamon colored black bear was caught in the trap and then killed. If it had been a grizzly bear, as Stuart first believed, it may have been relocated, but the black bear population is thriving in the area, and this bear had attacked a pet.

Stuart said he understands that the bear just came out and did what bears do. They live by a wooded forest and had actually seen the bear a couple of weeks ago, the bear did not show any signs of aggression so Stuart didn't even think about it. From Revelstoke Times Review.


groovy mike's picture

At least it was quick.

Unfortuanate, but at least it was a quick end for Buddy and at fouteen he had a good long run.

deerhunter30's picture

That is terrible that they

That is terrible that they lost there dog, sounds like they have had it awhile.

Its is nice to see that the people accepted what happen and that the bear was just being a bear.  Some people would have lost it and want to kill every bear they see.

It would deffinetly be hard though to see your dog killed that way or anyway for that matter. I for one would be tore up to see my lab taken from me like that.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

Yep another attack from

Yep another attack from animal to another.  While I feel for the dog and the fmaily I am glad to see the couple just say hey the bear was doing what bears do and then accept it for just being natures way.  I would hate to loose one of my Labs that way but if I lived in an area like that I gues you would assume it to happen more than once. 

arrowflipper's picture

Here we go again

Here we go again... Another animal attack! Ya gotta wonder what's going on. On the outside, the pet owner sounds ok with it, but I'm guessing he "really" doesn't feel all that OK with it.

When is it going to be OK for homeowners to protect themselves, their pets and livestock and their belongings from marauding animals? Must we live in fear of big brother coming to get us?

I realize that by choosing to live in certain areas, you run the risk of unpleasant wildlife encounters. I may not be the nicest guy on the block, but I'd be warmed and dangerous.

hunter25's picture

It's too bad for the family

It's too bad for the family to loose thier friend this way. If the dog had not chased after him it may have been avoided as it doesn't sound like he was the agressor in any way but took advantage of the opportunity. It says the black bear population is thriving in the area so I wonder if the bear they trapped is even the right one. The dog's owner thought the bear that he saw was a grizzly so a cinnamon black bear that he had seen before doesn't really fit the description. It's a sad story regardless but does show what our pets are willing to do to protect us.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Very sad, and a great example

Very sad, and a great example of why we call dogs man's best friend.  In dog years, that dog was probably close to the end of it's life. And to still go after a bear like that, I am assuming trying to chase it away, is simply a heart warming story.

As the article and the dog owner state, the bear was just doing what it does, so no harm there.  The dog just made sure it didn't do it to his family. 

Nice story.  If my dog lives to be 14 years old and still active enough to do that, I will feel very blessed.