Bears! Everyone agrees that they need to be put in their place. But only one woman in America is brave enough to do so: Brooke Collins of Juneau, Alaska, who punched a bear in the face to save her dog.

The black bear approached Collins' yard on Sunday and seized her dachshund, Fudge, whom she'd let out for the evening. Most people would have been all Oh, you want that dog? No, go ahead! Heh! Didn't like it very much anyway! Please don't remove my face with your paw!

But this wasn't just any bear, and it wasn't just any dogowner. Collins, like Charles Bronson in Death Wish, had seen this bear before—had watched it "around her house many times before"—and she was fed up:

"That bear was carrying her like a salmon," she said.

She said she almost instinctively went up and did the first thing she thought of. She punched the bear's face and scooped away her dog when it let go.

It all happened too fast to really think about but she had flashes of hearing about how some animals will back off from a punch to the nose, she said.

The bear, "startled," quickly left the premises; Collins and Fudge were treated for minor injuries. She says she'd "never think of doing it again." Come on, Brooke! We need a hero! Against the bear menace!

[Juneau Empire]