Sep 24, 2010 11:29 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Zucchini-wielding woman fends off bear

It's certainly not the first bear attack in western Montana, but it might be the strangest.

Shortly after midnight Wednesday a woman living in the mountains near Frenchtown let her three dogs outside. One began barking. She opened the door and saw an adult black bear running toward one of the dogs. She screamed and the bear swung toward her.

It moved toward her open door and she kicked at it. The bear swiped her leg with its paw and turned back toward the dog. The woman looked in her kitchen and grabbed a large zucchini off her counter and threw it at the bear.

The vegetable hit the bear near the head. It took off.

The woman received minor scratches on her leg. Her dog is being treated by the vet for injuries.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department confiscated the zucchini. It had the bear's DNA on it. They set up traps and want to make sure they get the right bear.



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