A couple fought off a mother bear and her cub with punches and a baseball bat after the animals broke into their home on Zurich Drive in Pine, Colorado, on Monday night, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.
Jon Johnson, 71, and his wife, George Ann Field, were watching TV when they heard noises and went upstairs to find out what was happening. As the man turned a corner into the kitchen, he saw the mother bear and her cub eating bread there. The mother bear attacked Johnson in what he later described as a boxing match. He punched the bear and his wife struck it with a baseball bat several times until the bears ran away. Johnson suffered cuts and scratches to his face, chest and both arms but was not seriously injured. His wife was not injured.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers searched for the bears until about midnight Monday. When the dog team found the bear, it was euthanized in accordance with the local wildlife policy. The cub was not found.