Southern California Dog Mom Takes On Backyard Bear To Protect Her Pups

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.”