Bear mauls Vermont woman after Shih Tzu chases cubs up tree

Bear mauls Vermont woman after Shih Tzu chases cubs up tree

A Vermont girl was mauled by a mama bear after her canine chased the cubs up a tree, officers stated.

Sarah Dietl and her Shih Tzu, Bodhi, had simply left their Winhall condominium at 10 p.m. Wednesday for his or her final stroll of the day — when the canine instantly ran after a bear cub, she advised the Battleboro Reformer.

That’s when the mama bear rushed the dog-mom and latched onto her talent, Dietl advised the native newspaper.

“She got here operating out of the darkish. She ran proper to me,” Dietl stated. “It was terrifying.”

Fortunately, her associate Robert Montouro got here to her rescue. The bear momentarily let go of Dietl after Montouro yelled and smacked the animal with a flashlight.

The couple ran again inside and managed to slam the door within the face of the charging bear, locking Bodhi outdoors within the course of.

“The canine was later discovered scared however unhurt,” Winhall police stated.

The bears could have been feasting on pumpkins simply earlier than the assault.Shutterstock

Dietl escaped the petrifying state of affairs with 15 stapled in her scalp, a gash in her aspect and several other cuts on her face and hand. Not one of the accidents are life-threatening, police stated.

The mom and her cubs are nonetheless on the unfastened, in line with officers.

The bears could have been feasting on ornamental pumpkins left outdoors the realm, officers stated.

A hen feeder and a bear-proof dumpster had been additionally tampered with.

An absence of pure meals for bears within the wild due to decreased rainfall and unseasonable temperatures may contribute to bears transferring nearer towards human populations, Col. Justin Stedman, warden director for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Division, advised the Brattleboro Reformer.

Bear encounters in Vermont this yr are at “the best degree than we’ve ever had,” Stedman stated.

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