A babysitter in Idaho found out that the local black bear population has decided it likes barbecue. She found this out when when a 422 pound black bear charged into the back yard where the three kids she was watching were playing. The bear, however, got a surprise.
PORTHILL, Idaho – A northern Idaho baby sitter shot and killed a 422-pound black bear that broke into a backyard where three toddlers were playing.
The bear was likely drawn to the yard by the scent of food from a barbecue, said Idaho Department of Fish and Game Conservation Officer Greg Johnson.
"We've not had a single incident in Idaho of a black bear attacking a person," he told the Bonner County Daily Bee newspaper. "If you have a bear, you probably have food out."
The baby sitter did not want her name revealed and could not be reached for comment. She was baby-sitting for her sister, Becky Henslee.
Henslee said her 3-year-old daughter Brooklyn and twin 2-year-old sons Cleo and Charles were playing in the backyard of their home on the Canadian border early last week when Brooklyn alerted their aunt by shouting "Bear! Bear!"
Henslee said her sister looked up and saw the bear running out of the woods toward the backyard. She grabbed the three children from the yard and ran inside the house, shutting the door.
After taking the children into a bedroom, the woman loaded a 7mm hunting rifle and returned to the back door, where the bear had pawed the screen door and broken the door frame.
Notice the authorities trying to misdirect people? Saying the bear smelled barbecue. But note how it was trying to get into the house? That bear was looking for some baby back ribs! The babysitter stuck the gun out and plugged the ursine usurper. Another setback for the animal uprising.
UPDATE: The babysitter made a heroic effort to save the children. But it took two shots from a 7mm rifle to kill the bear. I suggest that if you live in bear country, you might want to get one of these. That is to the revolver in .460 S&W magnum caliber. It is also available in .500 S&W magnum. For the really gung-ho.