Husband and wife use kitchen knives to ward off the bear at home

A couple used a kitchen knife to fend off a bear that broke into their Wisconsin home while their children slept.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) was alerted to the bear attack at the home on Castle Road near Medford around 11 p.m. local time (midnight ET) on Friday.

According to CBS affiliate WSAW, the couple first noticed a bear eating at the bird feeder outside their home, before they opened a window and yelled for him to get out.

But the bear attacked, burst through a window and entered the house.

During the fight, one of the two grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the bear before the husband could get a gun and shoot the bear while he was still inside.

Both the husband and wife sustained numerous injuries in the attack; They were discharged after treatment.

Their children, who were asleep at the time of the bear attack, were unharmed and the couple successfully fended off the animal.

WSAW reported that the bear was an adult female and may have had a cub that was later seen running away after the mother attacked the home. Employees from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources later took the bear for testing.

news week has reached out to TCSO and WDNR for comment.

Local wildlife officials have warned that the state’s bear territory is “expanding,” meaning residents can expect to see black bears in areas outside of their traditional range.

It added that Wisconsin’s bear population is estimated at more than 24,000, significantly more than the 9,000 there were in the state in 1989.

A stock image of a black bear
A stock image of a black bear. The bear attacked the family after falling through a window of the house.

David MacFarland, a carnivore specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, told Wisconsin Public Radio that there are several things people can do when they come across a black bear, including:

  • Make sure the bear knows you’re there by making noises and waving your arms. Bears usually leave an area when they see a human nearby
  • Make yourself appear taller than you actually are by holding a jacket or holding your arms above your head
  • Make sure the bear has an escape route
  • If you surprise a bear, back away slowly

Earlier this year, a New Jersey woman was attacked by a bear while checking her mail.

Fortunately, after one of the three bears attacked the 34-year-old woman, a neighbor blared a car horn to startle her.

The woman was then taken to a hospital where she was treated for injuries to her arm and back, although she was later released. Husband and wife use kitchen knives to ward off the bear at home

Rick Schindler

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