Hero Dog Saves Owner From Bear

Henry, a Labrador Retriever mix, is being hailed as a hero for helping his owner battle an attacking black bear at George Washington National Forest in West Virginia.

According to a police report, Steven Krichbaum, 59, was walking with Henry in a wooded area of the forest Thursday when the pair came upon a black bear and two cubs.

“The black bear, in response to Krichbaum and his dog’s presence, responded by attacking them,” the report said. Krichbaum later credited Henry with saving his life by fighting the bear while he kept hitting it with a rock, reported Virginia’s NVDaily.com.

The man and his dog were injured in the clash, but Krichbaum was able to drive his Subaru to a fruit stand in Middletown, Virginia, where they got help from the stand owner’s wife and friend, as well as from rescue crews, before being transported elsewhere for further treatment.

Witness Cathy Patterson said Krichbaum suffered from “claw marks and gashes” and was taken to Winchester Medical Center after being treated at the fruit stand.

Henry had several wounds, too. The worst was on one of his hind legs. He was taken to a local emergency animal hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.

A Virginia state wildlife biologist called unprovoked attacks by black bears in the area “extremely rare.”

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney9 months ago

Great story, great doggie, thank you for sharing.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney9 months ago

What a great dog, so glad they were not badly hurt, thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers9 months ago

Henry knew exactly what to do. The situation presented itself and he seemed to say "C'mon Dad! You do your thing and I'll do mine. Together, we can do this! A great dog with his dad!

Past Member 9 months ago

Good dog!

Chris C.
Chris C.9 months ago

Bears protect their cubs...this guy put himself and his dog in a bad situation. Doofus!

Maria Petrillo
Maria petrillo9 months ago

Great dog !!!!

feather w.
Feather W.9 months ago


Magdalena J.
Magdalena C.about a year ago

Thank you!

Shirley Plowman
Shirley P.about a year ago

Too many cases like this happen, a mother bear will always protect her cubs, its a natural instinct for them, what we humans need to do to respect that about them is to give them their space to live in the wild as they are entitled to their place in this world, too. Especially any mama animal and their babies, they are wired to protect them against all challenges.

Jessica K.
Jessica K.about a year ago

Seems like Henry was put into a no-win situation. Thanks.