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Man Punches Bear: 73-Year-Old Man Saves Dog By Punching Bear In The Face

A man punched a bear in the face in a heroic (yet crazy) effort to save his dog, and the story has since gone viral. According to the New York Daily News, Carl Moore, 73, saw the bear near his home in Placer County, California, after hearing his dog outside whimpering. He wasn’t about to let the bear get close to his pup, so he took matters into his own hands… literally.

“I raised both hands in the air and I cussed at him, ‘Rrraaaaaaa! Get out of here you b——, and he looked at me like ‘Go eff yourself.’ He come up like this, and turned, boom, I hit him hard,” the man explained.

While things could have gotten pretty intense, the bear took off in the other direction. The man punched the bear square in the face with a shot known as a “whirling haymaker.” Moore said that he would do the exact same thing again to protect his dogs and that he really isn’t afraid of anything.

“I ain’t run from nothing; I never have in my whole life and I ain’t going to start now. And you’re not going to sacrifice my babies for some damn bear,” Moore said.

According to the Huffington Post, those who know Mr. Moore call him a “tough soul,” and say that he’s “no joke.”

Black bears are very dangerous, and experts advise people to stay calm and steer clear of these animals if they can help it. The best thing to do if you ever encounter a bear is to slowly back away. Any sudden movements or loud noises could provoke the bear. According to Bear Encounters, avoiding black bears is the best way to stay safe as the animals can aggressive.

“If you encounter a bear on the trail, or in your campsite, stop what you are doing and evaluate the situation. Identify yourself by speaking in a calm, appeasing tone. Back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came. Walk, don’t run, and keep your eye on the bear so you can see how it will react. In most cases, the bear will flee.”

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Moore hopes that he scared the bear off enough that is doesn’t return to his property. Ever.

[Photo by Terry Spivey via Wikimedia Commons]

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