Fearless dog scares off black bear in Feeding Hills

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FEEDING HILLS, Mass. (WWLP) – A fearless dog ran circles around a black bear in Feeding Hills Thursday morning, trying to scare it off its family’s yard.

22News viewer Valentin Z. sent 22News a video of the encounter via ReportIt@wwlp.com (above).

Valentin told 22News he has seen many bears in the neighborhood.

He said he saw what he thought might be a bear and grabbed his phone to record. His Border Collie Maya saw it too, and without hesitation, ran right up to it!

“My dog being the protector she was, ran and started barking trying to defend me,” Valentin said. “But I was not too worried because the beat didn’t appear viscous. Just seemed to be strolling on by.”

The bear seems to be a little caught off guard at first, raising its front paw and turning in a circle as Maya runs around barking. The bear stops to take a breath and then continues on its way. As soon as it leaves the backyard, Maya backs off and barks from afar. Mission complete!

Have you seen bears in your neighborhood? Send photos and videos to ReportIt@wwlp.com. Do not go into harm’s way to take a photo or video.

 Read more: Why there’s an increase in bear sightings in western Massachusetts

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