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.
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