One Alaskan family sure is lucky to have their courageous Golden Retriever. When a brown bear gets a little too close for comfort to the family’s home, the dog stands his ground in an act of canine bravado.
According to Snopes, the video was caught on the family’s security camera. It shows a cautious and curious brown bear approach the home. The Golden Retriever named Pretty, barks and lunges forward, protecting the home.
The bear doesn’t back off right away. It tests the waters as it draws closer to the home, getting just inches away from Pretty.
However, barking and wagging her tail, the dog appears to be telling the animal to “get outta here.” While the bear makes an attempt to raise its paw, it decides against it and turns around, leaving behind Pretty as well as Pretty’s home, untouched and unharmed.
“We have lots of bears, though I’ve never seen them engage this closely,” homeowner Nicholas Galanin said.
The town of Sitka, Ak. is a town of about 9,000 people and 1,550 Alaskan brown bears. Though the animals aren’t known for getting too close to people, they will occasionally make their way into human territory while looking for food. This happens more often in the season before they go into hibernation.
Bear Breaks Into Home
Unfortunately, another homeowner doesn’t own a golden retriever to stave off predatory animals from their home. In Aspen, a brown bear broke into a home not once but twice looking for food.
According to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer, the furry creature shattered glass in order to get into the home. It made its way into the kitchen before sifting through food and helping itself. Only after the homeowner used an air horn to scare it, did the bear run to the basement and break more glass in order to leave.
“They do not have any unnatural attractants out and it was good to see they had the airhorn available for them to use last night,” CPW Officer Jason Clay told KDVR. “This in part is an aspect of living in bear country, but also in part learned behavior by that bear.”
By leaving food out somewhere nearby, humans taught the animal that it was an easily accessible source of nutrition. The Aspen homeowners were by-products of that ignorant behavior.
“If 95 percent of your community is doing everything right to live appropriately in bear country, but the other five percent is not, that is enough to habituate bears and their behavior can escalate to where they break into homes looking for food,” Clay added.