A bear attacked a family in Pennsylvania after it followed their dog into their home. According to state Game Commission officials, a couple was injured early Monday when a bear followed the family dog into their rural central Pennsylvania home and went on the attack. Rich and Angie Moyer suffered back and leg injuries, respectively, but they weren’t considered life-threatening, said Rich Moyer’s mother.
Also in the home at the time of the attack was the couples 10 year old son. However, he was not injured nor attacked in the incident.
According to Rich’s mother, Leeann, who lives nearby said, Rich was getting ready for work around 3 a.m. He had let their family dog, Brindie, outside but her constant barking concerned him. “Thats when everything went to hell” she said.
Leeann continued, “He was the worst, of course, but Angie tried to help him when she came downstairs. Then the bear turned on her. I guess (it) got her in the lower extremities, either in the leg or a thigh.”
Rich received injuries on the back and the neck. A Harrisburg Hospital spokesman said both were treated and discharged shortly after noon.
Game Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser said, “It is our suspicion at this point that it was likely a female defending its cubs, because a bear encountering a dog is more likely to run away. Black bears going into a home are an extremely rare situation.”
Feaser added “Pennsylvania has not experienced a fatality from a black bear in more than a century.” A wildlife conservation officer has set up a trap and is looking for the animal.