View Full Version : Baby Sitter KILLS Bear!!!!

November 6, 2006, 05:27 PM
Talk about coolness under fire. I think the alertness and awareness level of the kids were terrific, and the Uber-Nanny was cool under duress. Excellent choice of firearm to take out the intruding bear.

Thank goodness for things working out. Only casualty (besides the bear) - a broken screen door.

What would you do different in the same situation?


Baby sitter kills bear that breaks into yard
Friday, October 13, 2006

PORTHILL, Idaho -- A northern Idaho baby sitter shot and killed a 422-pound black bear that broke into a backyard where three toddlers were playing.

The bear was likely drawn to the yard by the scent of food from a barbecue, said Idaho Department of Fish and Game Conservation Officer Greg Johnson.

"We've not had a single incident in Idaho of a black bear attacking a person," he said. "If you have a bear, you probably have food out."

The baby sitter did not want her name revealed and could not be reached for comment. She was baby-sitting for her sister, Becky Henslee.

Henslee said her 3-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, and twin 2-year-old sons, Cleo and Charles, were playing in the backyard of their home on the Canadian border early last week when Brooklyn alerted their aunt by shouting "Bear! Bear!"

Henslee said her sister looked up and saw the bear running out of the woods toward the backyard. She grabbed the three children from the yard and ran inside the house, shutting the door.

After taking the children into a bedroom, the woman loaded a 7mm hunting rifle and returned to the back door, where the bear had pawed the screen door and broken the door frame.

When the bear looked away from the door, Henslee said her sister opened the door slightly and shot twice, killing the bear instantly.

Henslee said her sister had a valid Idaho bear hunting tag.

Wild berries, the main food source of bears in the region, have been less abundant this season than past, prompting the animals to look for other food sources in residential areas, Johnson said.

In April, a 6-year-old Ohio girl was killed and her mother and younger half brother seriously injured when a black bear attacked the family at a swimming hole in the Cherokee National Forest in southeast Tennessee.

November 6, 2006, 06:45 PM
Good article, but what does this have to do with the price of tea in Beijing??

Henslee said her sister had a valid Idaho bear hunting tag.

I'm sure she was real worried about having a tag for the bear that was trying to get into her house. Newspeople I swear. :rolleyes:

November 6, 2006, 07:22 PM
I'd say that bear sure picked the wrong family to attack. The lady had a valid bear hunting tag so she probably knew what she was doing. I sure as heck hope so since the 7mm is a pretty powerful cartridge. I'm sure she probably skinned it and threw it on the barbeque afterwards too! :eek: :D

November 8, 2006, 01:25 AM
1. If the sitter had a tag, she is a hunter and knew what she was about. Good for her, and well done.

2. If she had a tag, she probably gets to keep the bear.

There's a story somewhere about a guy in Alaska that shot a huge bear which charged him when he was out of his truck relieving himself. He didn't get to keep it because he had no tag.