This past weekend, a couple in Medford, Wisconsin was attacked by an American black bear after it broke through their window in the middle of the night. According to authorities, both the husband and wife sustained injuries during the break-in, but their children were fortunately left unharmed. A news release from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office said the husband wound up shooting and killing the bear, after both the husband and wife sustained several bites and injuries as they fought to protect their home. The couple were treated for their injuries at an area hospital and have since been released.
The situation was terrifying for the occupants of the home, to say the least. “The bear immediately turned and charged at the house, breaking through the window and into the house and immediately attacked,” said The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office also said that the homeowners initially spotted the bear outside eating from their bird feeder, which caused them to yell at it in hopes of scaring the bear into leaving. Unfortunately, the bear had other ideas. The bear was identified as a female by authorities. Authorities also say the mother bear brought along a cub who ran for safety once its mother charged towards the home.
The fact that she had company could have played an important role in her reaction. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, bears are usually afraid of humans, rarely acting as aggressors. That can change however when protecting a food source or young cubs. The situation this Wisconsin couple found themselves in may be particularly common for people who live near wooded areas. In cases where people find that bears are making themselves cozy near a living space, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources suggests that people “get to a secure area so the bear has a clear escape path”. If possible, they also suggest making “a lot of noise by yelling, honking a car horn or banging pots and pans” if possible.