A 73-year-old man from Placer County, California, was shocked to see a bear outside of his property. But instead of running or calling for help, he stood his ground and punched the bear in the face in order to protect his dogs' lives.
Carl Moore, an ex-Marine says he was inside of his home when he heard one of his two dogs, Lacy, whimpering outside. When he ran out to see what was happening, he says he came face-to-face with a bear -- so he acted quickly, reports CBS Sacramento.
"And I raised both hands in the air and I cussed at him, 'Rrraaaaaaa! Get out of here you bastard, and and he looked at me like, 'Go eff yourself,'" Moore told CBS in an interview.
Moore went on to say that he punched the bear right in the face with an "overhand right" and that the animal then took off, reports the Auburn Journal. The man, who owns a construction company, says he isn't afraid of anything and would risk injury for his dog, whom he treats like a daughter.
"The man or beast that I run from ain't been born, and his momma's already dead," Moore said. "I ain't run from nothing; I never have in my whole life and I ain't going to start now. And you're not going to sacrifice my babies for some damn bear."
The encounter was witnessed by two friends and employees of Moore's, who were inside of his house at the time.
John Sargent says Moore had his hands up as he ran after the bear, which made him look bigger to the animal.
"Bam," Sargent told the Auburn Journal. "He just smacks the bear's head. He has the hands and he's an old 1st Recon Marine. He's no joke and a tough old soul for 75."
A spokesman for The Fish and Wildlife Department said he doesn't advise anyone to follow Moore's example unless they are being attacked by a bear, in which case, he recommends "fighting back aggressively."