Tabby Cat Chases Bear Up Tree, Twice
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (June 10) - A black bear picked the wrong yard for a jaunt, running into a territorial tabby who ran the furry beast up a tree - twice.
Jack, a 15-pound orange and white cat, keeps a close vigil on his property, often chasing small animals, but his owners and neighbors say his latest escapade was surprising.
"We used to joke, 'Jack's on duty,' never knowing he'd go after a bear," owner Donna Dickey told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Friday's editions.
Neighbor Suzanne Giovanetti first spotted Jack's accomplishment after her husband saw a bear climb a tree on the edge of their northern New Jersey property on Sunday. Giovanetti thought Jack was simply looking up at the bear, but soon realized the much larger animal was afraid of the hissing cat.
After about 15 minutes, the bear descended and tried to run away, but Jack chased it up another tree.
Dickey, who feared for her cat, then called Jack home and the bear scurried back to the woods.
"He doesn't want anybody in his yard," Dickey said.
Bear sightings are not unusual in West Milford, which experts consider one of the state's most bear-populated areas.
Video of the evil beast.
A friend first sent this story to me back on the 10th but I never seemed to find a moment to go ahead and post it. As such, almost everyone has probalt seen it already from one source or another. Overall, I think the media attention is a good thing. It makes people aware of the danger that cats pose. Since this cat was in jersey, I'm willing to bet toxic waste probaly played a part in this story as well. Not that cats aren't already fortified with dark and unholy powers from their allegiance to the devil, but it probaly takes a little extra oomph to have them attack bears and win.