Southern Californian suburban communities certainly know all about interactions with bears. But this was an even more stunning interaction, as the video above shows a teenager taking on a mama bear (her cubs with tagging along as the bear traversed the home’s backyard fence).
NBC Los Angeles has some more information:
Fearing for her dogs’ safety, a teen girl joined the fray after hearing the frantic barks. Hailey Morinico can be seen running toward the bear and shoving the animal in a response she said was the result of pure instinct to protect her dogs.
“I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a bear and it is taking my dog. It is lifting it up off the ground,’” Hailey said. “In that split second, I decided to push the bear, like it was nothing, apparently.
“I pick up my other dog and I scram.”