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Another Bear Attack In Asheville NC
Wildlife officials say the freezing weather this spring destroyed much of the bears' food supply, driving them to search near human homes.
Asheville, NC – Another bear attack on a family dog here highlights the animals' desperate hunger after a late freeze destroyed much of their food supply, a wildlife official said.
Bears also are extra hungry this spring because of a poor acorn crop in the fall that forced many of them into hibernation without the proper amount of body fat, said biologist Joffrey Brooks of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.
"They're living off of garbage and birdfeed," Brooks said. "If you have a bird feeder that gets attacked by a bear then you got to quit feeding the birds."
It's unclear how many bear attacks on pets have occurred this season, he said.
Late Tuesday, a 20-pound dachshund-beagle mix was attacked by an angry mother bear with cubs nearby that ripped open sections of the dog's hindquarters. A second family dog, a 30-pound mix basenji, joined the fight and helped beat back the bear, said owner Andrea Hunnicutt.
"I heard a lot of commotion," Hunnicutt said. "When I came out on the deck that overlooks the yard, my male dog was running the bear out of the yard."
A veterinarian stitched up the wounds and implanted a tube in Ms. Wiggles to drain fluid as the injuries heal.
In another bear attack this month, two dogs were killed outside a home.
Associated Press Asheville Citizen-Times
Maila Rible , Web Producer
created: 5/24/2007 12:26:06 PM
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