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Teen Stabs Bear To Save Family Dog In Port Coquitlam, B.C.

09/30/2015 12:25 EDT | Updated 09/30/2015 12:59 EDT
Pierce Ormiston

Pierce Ormiston's family is missing one of their kitchen knives after the teen used it to stab a bear in the back.

The 15 year old used the six-inch blade to defend his dog, Dublin, from an attacking black bear last Wednesday outside their home in Port Coquitlam, B.C.

The teen said wild animals are often seen around the neighbourhood, so he did a quick scan before letting Dublin into the backyard that evening.

But soon, he heard his dog start to bark.

"I went outside with a pot and spoon to scare whatever it was, and there was just this huge bear," he told The Huffington Post B.C. in a phone interview Tuesday.

"My dog just started to run at the bear, and it was perched on the fence like a squirrel."

Ormiston said he banged on the pot to try and scare the black bear off, but eventually, Dublin and the animal lunged at each other. The teen tried to hit the bear with the pot, but that failed to change anything.

He ran back inside, and grabbed a kitchen knife that was lying on the counter.

"I just went right for the bear and stabbed him right between the shoulder blades," he said. "I just thought, 'My dog's in danger and I have to react.'"

The injured bear lumbered away, giving Ormiston the chance to scoop up Dublin and run inside. The teen said the bruin hung around the yard until a cub appeared and then both animals left.

Ormiston's parents called conservation officers the next morning, and a bear trap was set up in the backyard.

The teen said there's been no sign of the big animal since.

"It either got the knife out or it's walking around with a knife in its back," he said, adding that he and his dog were unharmed.

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