Black Bear
A black bear, like the one that attacked the Moyers in their home Monday. Image: alh1/Flickr/CC BY-ND

A Pennsylvania couple was injured in a bear attack Monday. The bear attacked the couple after it followed their dog into the house.

Non-life-threatening injuries

Rich and Angie Moyer of Oliver Township suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the incident. He was clawed on the back and she received wounds to her legs, breasts and buttocks. According to Leeann Moyer, the husband’s mother, the couple’s 10-year-old child, Josh, was also on the premises, but he slept through the incident.

Rich Moyer reportedly let the dog, Brindie, outside at about 3 a.m. when he was getting ready to go to work. Soon afterward, the dog started barking.

‘Everything went to hell’

“He went to call her in,” Leeann Moyer said. “That’s where everything went to hell.”

He opened the door to investigate when the dog ran inside with the bear hot on its heels. “All I saw was a bunch of black hair,” Rich Moyer said to Amy Robach on NBC’s “Today” show.

Angie Moyer heard the commotion and got out of bed to investigate. That was when she saw the black bear mauling her husband. Then the animal turned on her.

“He was the (recipient of the) worst (of the attack), of course, but she tried to help him when she came downstairs,” Leeann Moyer said.

Dragged outside by bear

“I was down on the ground wrestling with it in front of the door,” Angie Moyer reported. She was then dragged outside onto the porch by the bear. Rich Moyer knocked the bear off his wife with a flying leap. Then it turned on him again, mauling his back and neck. For no apparent reason, the bear gave up the attack and lumbered back into the woods. The Moyers were both treated at a hospital in Harrisburg and discharged a few hours later. Rich Moyer required 37 stitches to the back of his head.

Traps set for bear

Game control authorities have set traps and are looking for the animal, said Game Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser. Although there were no fatalities in the incident, Feaser noted that nobody has been killed by a black bear in Pennsylvania in more than 100 years.

“It is our suspicion at this point that it was likely a female defending its cubs, because a bear encountering a dog is more likely to run away,” said Feaser. “Black bears going into a home are an extremely rare situation.”


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