Monday, October 31, 2005

Puppy found after bear attack

Puppy found almost two weeks after bear attack

By JOSEPH ROBERTIA, Peninsula Clarion

KENAI (AP) - Colleen Sinnott of Kasilof may have had her scalp torn off, three ribs broken and numerous puncture wounds and scratches, but there was only one thing on her mind after she survived a recent brown bear attack.

"From the time I picked myself up off the ground, my only thought was 'Get the dogs!'" Sinnott said, referring to her two 7-month-old Newfoundland puppies - a male named Bud and a female named SweetPea - that had fled during the incident.

According to Sinnott's husband, John Poljacik, the couple was hiking the Skilak Overlook Trail off Skilak Lake Loop Road on Oct. 9. Poljacik heard a deep guttural roar and the sound of crashing foliage behind him. He turned to see a big bruin burst from the brush. It took Sinnott down and began violently shaking her on the ground.

Poljacik began yelling at the bear and was reaching for pepper spray when it pounced from Sinnott to him. The brownie knocked him down, scratched him, then ran back into the woods. >> Full Story >>