Villager beset by three bears

Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 13:50 PM.

Terry Martin, an acting lieutenant for the FWC, said FWC records show the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office dispatched an officer to Crum’s apartment on Dec. 24 at 9:13 p.m. to deal with the bear.

Crum said there is nothing unusual about having bears around her apartment. She said they come every night around 11 p.m. but on Christmas Eve, they were unusually early.

She said that earlier this year, she let her Chihuahua “Dodger” out into the yard and heard him barking. Crum said when she ran out, a bear cub had Dodger in its mouth and was about to carry the dog away. Crum shouted at the cub, which then dropped Dodger.

The tiny dog was so traumatized by the experience he refused to leave the house for several days, Crum said. “All he would do is shake,” she said, noting that Dodger was otherwise unhurt.

She said bears have torn all the screens from the house next door.

Crum said she believes the bears may be attracted by cat food left around her apartment.

She said one neighbor has a cat door on his porch so the felines can access food there. Crum said a bear entered the porch to steal cat treats in the past and FWC was not called.

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