“I hit him good,” Former Marine fights off 300 pound bear to protect family dog

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MEADOW VISTA, Calif. (KTXL) – When it comes pets, many animal lovers think of them as family.

A California man says he put his own life on the line for his Chihuahua.

“She was terrified,” Carl Moore told KTXL.

Moore’s Chihuahua, Lacey, was shaking when a bear attempted to climb onto the family’s deck.

Moore heard the dog screaming in fear and ran to see what was happening.

That’s when he encountered a bear.

The 73-year-old contractor raised his arms and charged the bear, causing it to run up a ramp to the deck.

According to several witnesses, the bear reared up and turned toward Moore.

“Boom! I hit him good,” Moore said.

“He whips to the right and hit him with a right… it was crazy,” said John Sargent, who spotted the whole ordeal.

Moore served in the Marine Corp. and also worked as a boxer and bouncer.

“This big right hand has sent a lot of people to the floor,” Moore said.

Fish and Wildlife rangers believe the bear weighs about 300 pounds.

“I never faced anything in my life that I didn’t figure I can whip,” Moore said.

Fish and Wildlife say because the bear is eating his chickens, Moore could get a permit to shoot it.

However, Moore doesn’t like that idea.

“I don’t want to shoot no animal,” said Moore.

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