"Woman Fends off bear attack with a zucchini" is the headline from my online link to the Billings Gazette. And if you think that's a story, you should read some of the discussion comments, they're hysterical!
We've had a few more bear incidents this year, and as I've said before, bears usually get a bad wrap, but this particular bear met up with a Frenchtown Montana woman; a woman who had the great fortune to have a 12 inch zucchini within close reach.
Now I think a 12 inch zucchini is just about the right size for slicing for stir fry, so I'm surprised that this flying weapon (which connected with the bears head) was enough to scare off this 200 pound bear.
I would of thought it would at least take one of those 18 inch ones, but then, maybe it would of been awkward to throw one so large.
This bear attacked this woman's 12 year old collie out in the yard, and when the woman of the house went out to see what was wrong, the bear charged her right on her front porch.
Since it was late, after midnight, the woman was not wearing her holster with her 357 Smith and Wesson on her side, so she had to resort to the handy vegetable.
The bear did swat at her leg, but, according to one comment by "angst" in the Billings Gazette "I'm guessing she didn't need medical attention because by the time the police got there, she'd already stitched herself up with dental floss and fencing wire..."
I can remember stories of my Grandmother and her apple orchard just south of Lakeside Montana, apparently she didn't appreciate bears stealing her apples either. I think she used her gun, never a vegetable! Granny Get'cher Gun!