Bear Baby Barbecue

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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.

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One Response to Bear Baby Barbecue

  1. Black Jack says:

    It isn’t the authorities trying to pull the wool, it’s Yahoo. Their rewrite of the original story, reported in the Bonner County Daily Bee and linked at the bottom of the Yahoo article, is more than deceptive, it’s dishonest.

    (The link only takes you to the Bee’s homepage, go there and type “bear” into the site’s search function.)

    Notice the lack of quotation marks in Yahoo’s second paragraph, where words are put into Conservation Officer, Greg Johnson’s, mouth. No where in the Bee’s initial report do those words appear. Yahoo makes it seem like the bear was attracted by “the sent of food from a barbecue.”

    However, although a barbecue grill was located on the back porch, there is no indication anything was cooking on the grill. Also, the bear didn’t attack the grill, he went for the door to get at the woman and children.

    Incidentally, Yahoo fails to note the back door was a glass slider. The bear had ripped away the screen and was pounding on the glass attempting to break in. The children could hear the pounding. Evidence was also found the bear had previously attempted to break into the horse pen.

    The only thing that saved the woman and 3 children was her fast action. She got the children inside quickly and then confronted the bear with a 7mm rifle, that’s serious firepower. She put 2 rounds into the beast at point blank range. That’s impressive. She a hero, big time.

    That bear should end up as a rug for the children to play on.

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