Hailey Morinico, 17, thought she heard her dogs barking at another dog and ran outside to tell them to stop. But that’s when she saw a bear and her cubs walking along top of their block wall. Just as the bear grabbed ahold of one of the dogs by the harness, the teenager ran over and pushed the bear in an effort to save her pets.
The push was enough to cause the bear to fall over the wall, and Hailey hurried to gather the dogs and get them back into the house. She knows it wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but in the heat of the moment her instincts kicked in to save her dogs.
“Do not push bears, do not get close to bears. You do not want to get unlucky. I just happened to come out unscathed,” she said.