A Montana couple had an unwanted visitor in their living room when they discovered a black bear. They took matters into their hands and shot and killed the intruder.
Seeley Oblander, her fiance Thomas Bolkcom and their dog Maizey were awakened by a ferocious barking at 3 am. Bolkcom walked down to investigate after initially dismissing the noise, thinking that a raccoon, or perhaps a small skunk, had caught the dog’s eye .
Oblander reported that when Bolkcom, an elk-hunter and commercial painter, investigated and tried to coax his Labrador/pitbull mix downstairs, Bolkcom found ” a black bear standing five feet away” in the living area.
Bolkcom, wearing only a T shirt and underwear, ran downstairs to get a pistol and then returned to the living area where he shot at the bear. Bolkcom shot it several times after the bear ran into the sunroom of the couple.
Oblander said that her soon-to be husband did a great job for his quick response.
She said, “I had no idea there was a bear at our house. It was a rude awakening to be awakened by screams of alarm at 3 in the morning.” Tom handled it. I stayed downstairs, with the dogs to keep them away from the bear. He did an excellent job.”
He did an excellent job.
The couple, with a dead bear and a blood trail around their home, called their fathers as well as Bolkcom’s brothers. The group brought the huge bruin to the couple’s yard, located in rural Luther Montana.
The bear was estimated to be between 250 and 300 pounds, according to a local warden.
Rocky Oblander stated, “At the very least, nobody was hurt.” It’s too bad because it was , a beautiful bear.
Chrissy Web, a spokesperson for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said the warden had determined that the shooting was justified as self-defense. The warden said that the large animal had sneaked through the couple’s screen window and settled in.
Webb stated that this was a very unusual behavior for a bear to enter a house. This large male black beaver died because attractants were improperly stored in the community.
In the spring, bears are more active. They have been seen in a pool in Southern California, in a backyard in Maine, and even in a garage in Idaho.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.