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.
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.