Alleged Bear Attack In Beaufort County Leaves Two Dogs Injured

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

What's believed to be a bear attack in Chocowinity leaves two dogs severely injured, now their owner wants to warn other residents so they can keep their pets safe.

Julianne Harris a forester in Blounts Creek is a dog rescuer. She found two dogs abandoned and has been caring for them since. Last Thursday Harris says a bear entered her backyard, that's when she says her two dogs cornered it and the bear attacked back.

Harris says no one actually saw the attack but veterinarians believe it was a bear because of the injuries, now Harris wants to make sure other pet owners are careful. A wildlife officer told her, "Don't leave dog food out, dog scrapes in the yard, don't put bird seeds out right now or for the next month and also take your trash out everyday."

Right now, Harris's pit bull is doing a lot better then the hound. She believes the bear originally went after the hound, that's when the pit bull attacked trying to save the other animal.

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  • by DUH! Location: Hyde County on Apr 28, 2009 at 05:41 PM
    Well Bud, the veterinarian's could probably tell which dog was attacked first & what attacked them because they have PhD's & are intelligent, unlike you since you don't even know that bears climb fences much like they climb trees! Just ask the Washington PD. That deserves the DUH award for the day! What is this the place for 2nd graders to post comments? Where do I go to post an adult comment? Best of luck to the dogs involved & hope they recover soon.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2009 at 04:24 PM
    Bears climb trees why not a fence?
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 28, 2009 at 09:41 AM
    Uhh Anonymous how does a bear get into a fenced in yard? Unlatch the door? And how did he get back out, helicopter? I'd like to know why they think the hound was attacked first. Maybe the wounds were worse...
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    And if the bear was in the dogs fenced in yard, the dogs were only doing their job, protecting their property and owner. Wishing the dogs a quick and full recovery.
  • by Jayson Location: GV on Apr 28, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    If the dogs had not cornered the bear, the bear would not have attacked. The bear was simply defending itself. I've had countless bear encounters and only one bear (female) showed any aggression and she had cubs.
  • by yourbama Location: yourbamahouse on Apr 28, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    atleast a pitbull is good for something "bear bait" good bear
  • by Travis Location: Chocowinity on Apr 27, 2009 at 07:17 PM
    When I heard this I could bearly contain myself.
  • by Travis Location: Chocowinity on Apr 27, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    You know he could have just been giving the dogs a bear hug.
  • by travis Location: chocowinity on Apr 27, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    These are just the bear facts.
  • by anonymous Location: Choco on Apr 27, 2009 at 06:14 PM
    Sorry to hear about your dogs, Julianne. I hope they recover quickly.
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