Pierce Orminston, 15, let his terrier, Dublin, out behind his home last Wednesday when she started barking. When he went to see what was going on, he saw a large black bear attacking her.
Orminston said he grabbed a pot and a kitchen spoon to scare the bear off, like he’s done before, but this one wouldn’t spook.
“I started hitting the bear in the head with a pot. Then I dropped the pot and tried to tackle it and pushed it and nothing happened,” he said.
Orminston said he ran back inside the house to grab a six-inch kitchen knife; he stabbed the bear, grabbed his dog and ran into the house.
The bear ran around the yard, flipping over furniture before it took off.
“It smelled like a mixture of mould and blood and fish,” he said. “It was probably one of the grossest things I’ve ever smelled.”
He said he sees bears from time to time. “They’re usually in the wooded area behind the house, and every once in a while they’ll come into the yard.”
Conservation officers can’t believe Ormiston and his dog walked away without a scratch.