In case you needed a reminder, you should not mess with Canadians. They may seem like a polite and hockey-loving bunch of hosers, but decades of enduring harsh winters and hockey pucks to the shins has made them tough as nails.
As proof of this, a British Columbia man names Mark Traverse took care of a grizzly bear that was rummaging through his kitchen in the middle of the night. His wife, Niki, told the CBC that the family dog Sid alerted them to the danger around 5 a.m. Sunday morning.
“My dog was at our bedroom door going crazy. Losing his mind. I’ve never heard him bark like that,” said Niki. She ventured down into the kitchen and saw the outline of a large male bear, who had managed to get in to the house by pushing out the screen of an open window. Niki rushed back to the bedroom to get her husband.
Mark, armed with his hunting rifle, confronted the bear.
“I went to the kitchen, turned the light on and where the bear was, he came at me and I took a shot,” Mark said. “By the time I reloaded the gun, he took a step more towards me, and I took another shot and he hit the floor, and he was still moving, so put another one in him, and that was the end of him.”
Conservation authorities said the bear seemed in poor health and malnourished, which probably explains why he was so desperate for food. They reminded people that it’s extremely rare for a bear to break into their home.
The family, which includes the couple’s 13-year old son, say they won’t be leaving the windows open in the future.
If you really want to see a picture of the dead bear, click here. Be warned, there is some blood.