Robert: Teen wins shoving match with a bear

Published on June 3rd, 2021 @ 12:00 PM


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Some people may think they’re tough, but how many people can say they went head to head with a bear and lived to tell the tale?

Hailey Morinico has gained some viral fame as of late after footage of her shoving a bear off a ledge and away from her dogs.

“I had about, I’d say, two seconds to think and the first thing that popped into my head was to push the bear off the ledge,” the 17-year-old said.

Home surveillance video shows the bear walking along a brick wall with its two cubs. Four small dogs can then been seen approaching the bear, barking and growling at it. In response, the bear begins to swipe at the dogs. At this point, Morinico intervened.

“I had to push her with a pretty good amount of force, but it was just enough that she was able to lose her balance and she was able to fall off to the other side,” Morinico said. “Those few moments that I had, that’s what let me run away with my dogs, and my life, really.”

Once bested by Hailey, the bear and her cubs retreated in the opposite direction.

Due to the incident, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says they will begin handing out flyers in the area with information on bear behavior and tips on how to avoid encounters with the animals.

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