Skip to comments.Border collies help save man from attack by black bear
Posted on 07/22/2007 3:34:01 PM PDT by george76
Roy Klopp survived a shocking twist in his daily bike ride Monday after being bit in the behind by a black bear near Clinton.
"It wasn't my day to die," said Klopp, who returned to his job at the sawmill last night after taking a day to recuperate from the attack.
Around 11 a.m. Monday morning, Klopp, 56, and his border collies, Tippy and Chuckie, met an unusually aggressive black bear in the bushes near a curve in the walking trails above Clinton, a town of about 740 residents 380 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.
Protected only by a pair of shorts, his bike and his dogs, Klopp heard a sudden "whoosh" from the bushes.
He turned to see a 200-pound one-year-old male bear, rushing toward him.
"I didn't have any time to think," he said.
Running on adrenaline-infused autopilot, Klopp jumped off his bike in front of a tree stump. "Instinct takes over, and you do what you can," he said.
"I don't know why I got off my bike, but I did. I held my bike up as a shield in front of me."
The animal kept bearing down on him.
Klopp hurled the bike at him, but the angry bear didn't stop.
"It happened so fast. He came at me about four or five times. All of a sudden, he went through the bike and knocked me on my butt. I was lying face down, and I heard the bear going by me when he nipped me right on the butt."
Neither the bells attached to the dogs' collars nor Klopp's yelling deterred the bear.
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Another good reason not to get near Clinton!
You need not be a jagular to do remarkable feats of daring.
I have a dog that’s 3/4 Australian Cattle Dog (blue heeler) and one quarter border collie just to calm him down. One night I heard a ruckus and he was lunging at an intruder in our basement. That young man ran out the back door like the hounds of hell were chasing him. My hero then went into his doggie bed under the corner table and absolutely nothing would get him out from under there. Dogs are amazing.
Are those the dogs? Those are not border collies.
Different dog ?
We have a border collie and she’s a wonderful dog. Sweet as she can be but also very protective of us. She’s also big for the breed. She liked cat food a lot better than dog food, which has 3x the protein, so instead of mid to upper 40’s she’s pushing 70 lbs without an ounce of fat on her!
Great pic. I think BC’s are the smartest breed there is.
My pup was half BC, half Lab. He used to get that “Who, me?” look on his face all the time. Died last November, but he was 16, so he had lived a good life.
Love those kinds of collies. Border collies are great, too.
Border Collies can be insanely feisty. So much so they could confuse something to death.
Thanks for the ping, George.
Black bears must have a tendency to bite people in the butt when they go after them.
A cousin of mine in So OR had hounds for hunting cougar and bear before it was outlawed in OR. In the off season he would take the dogs out and run a cat or bear to keep the dogs in condition.
He took his son who was about 12 at the time with him and the dogs treed a bear. He leashed the dogs and told his son to head them back to the truck. As soon as they were a ways away that bear came down out of the tree and was after my cousin, he said he didn’t get far and the bear had him and bit him in the butt. He was hollering for his son to loose the dogs and fortunately his son heard him and did.
He didn’t get hurt other than a few punture wounds like this guy got but his pride was hurt, he didn’t like to talk about it. lol
I assume that most predators would like to try to take down their prey from behind.
Turning one’s back on any aggressor would be bad. The only thing worse would be to try to run away ?
Brings back impeached ex-president Clinton/Monica memories. Near Clinton. Bit in the behind isn't sexual relations.
Yes, you don’t want to run because you can’t outrun them and he knew it. He was trying to keep a tree between him and the bear but wasn’t successful for very long.
LOL! Does that *ever* describe my Border mix!
He's hard to photograph 'cause he usually comes out blurred...
Pretty dogs (if a bit frilly)...but those aren’t Border Collies.
The bear must not have heard the joke.
Shiny black is awfully hard to photo. If it’s a digital camera, turn the flash off and try it that way.
You’re right, that doesn’t even begin to describe a border collie. Some of those dogs need straight jackets.
It’s not the black that’s the problem. It’s the motion. ;-)
We went to The Green County Fair today. After meandering through the barns and petting all the cows, goats and sheep (few pigs in this part of WI), being seduced by these ADORABLE “Princesses in Training” with goat and sheep-milk cheese trays, and then checking out the chickens, turkeys, ducks and rabbits, we happened upon a judging for Herding-type dogs.
A teen-aged girl had a PUPPY which was about 4 months old at most and she was putting it through it’s paces for the judge.
Simply AMAZING. That dog never left her ankles and did her every bidding just as a Good Husband should, LOL!
I have Black Labs and a Basset Hound. They’d protect me in SOME circumstances...but would shove me down in their frenzy to give my wallet, the car keys and a bottle of Jack Daniels to the first Bad Man with a slice of lunch meat that threatened me, LOL!
Another wonderful doggie story of the day.
“The bear must not have heard the joke.”
Is that the ‘Bar B*tch’ joke? If so, tell it! I haven’t heard that one in years! :)
Does he have two butts?
LOL! It’s the motion. How old is she? Looks young in the photo, but that may just be her enthusiasm. ;-)
In Bear territory you go hiking with dogs or friends you can outrun..
I get dirty looks when I tell that joke.
I had a wife that actually thought dirty looks meant something..
Nah... I’m thinking of the one about identifying various types of bear scat.
You haven’t met my australian cattle dog. LOL
Those little bells are important. When you're in bear country, it's important to keep those little bells on you, in order to be sure you don't surprise a bear. But sometimes the unexptected happens, and you need to defend yourself, which is why you should carry pepper spray. But most important of all is situational awareness. You need to know if you're in bear country or not. And you do that by checking for "scat," or bear dropping. How do you identify bear droppings? They're the droppings with the little bells in them, and they smell like pepper spray!
In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert of bears while in the field. “We advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren’t expecting them.
We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear.” It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear excrement: Black bear excrement is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear excrement has little bells in it and smells like pepper.
Monday, July 23, 2007 - Page updated at 09:15 AM
Bear attack blamed for woman's death in British Columbia
By The Associated Press
INVERMERE, B.C. A mountain biker was found dead in southeastern British Columbia, apparently after being attacked by a black bear, and in a separate incident a grizzly protecting her cubs charged two bicyclists, authorities said.
The 34-year-old woman was reported missing Saturday night and was found dead Sunday on a trail near the Panorama Ski Resort near the Alberta boundary, Paul Visentin, a British Columbia conservation officer, told Global TV.
A bear was "right where the body was recovered, as though it was guarding the site, which would indicate to me that the bear had preyed upon this person or obviously was trying to claim ownership," Visentin said.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police shot the bear...
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Thanks. Sorry for the folks in Canada.
Our black bears have been very aggressive these last few years. They break into homes and cars all over the state.
Ever since the spring bear hunt season was banned, the bear populations are way up.
I’m not positive how old he is - I adopted him from the shelter last year. Considering he’s filled out a bit (not fat, but broader in the chest and such) since I got him, I imagine he wasn’t more than a year or so old. Still pretty young.
Although I bet he was an adorable puppy, in some ways I’m glad I missed that stage. He must have been a holy terror!
You are lucky. They’re hard enough to handle for a pro. A Jack Russell Terrier looks relaxed next to a Border Collie, at least the few that I’ve known.
Border Collie & Great Dane. Seventy-six pounds of fun -- a Border Collie on stilts!
Border Collie/Dane cross? That ought to be interesting. Does it still herd everything in sight?
No, just herds our other dog, a lab/feather-haired retriever mix.
The only true traces of "Dane" in him are an ever-so-slight jowl, a longer body and most prominently, his legs that make him really tall. I don't have to bend down to pet him -- his head fits right under my hand when I am standing.
Personality-wise, he is a very affectionate goof-ball with the family, but a real watchdog with everyone else. He does have "Rainman", obsessive-compulsive tendencies, but the most destructive side of that has been trained out of him. I can leave him in the house all day by himself and he doesn't pee, poop or tear anything up -- ever, inside. On the other hand, outside, he tore up most of our landscaping. Luckily we were "under construction" at the time and were going to redo everything anyway.
When he was a puppy, he easily did a thousand dollars worth of damage before he was six months old -- and that was my fault for underestimating him. At about five months, I did have a few serious thoughts about giving him up, but as soon as I even thought that, he turned "Mr. Perfect" (almost) and I am so glad that we got through that and I kept him. He is, however, still stubborn as a mule. He is a dog that you "partner with", and can never dominate completely because he doesn't back down when confronted. Not necessarily a bad thing, given that we are in a rural area.
Sounds like a crazy mix, though! I can’t imagine my dog in a bigger size - he’s rather like Tigger, and more of him would be a little scary! ;-)
He really is a very good boy.
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