Hog wild: Brave New Milford pigs battle black bear

A black bear climbed over the fence of the pen and one of the pigs, named Mary, rammed itself into the creature. A smaller black pig, named Hamlet, mustered up its own courage and also charged at the bear.

News 12 Staff

Mar 18, 2022, 7:18 PM

Updated 794 days ago

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A couple of pigs belonging to a New Milford woman fought off a bear that entered their pen Thursday.
Video of the incident was caught on Rebecca Shaw's Ring camera.
A black bear climbed over the fence of the pen and one of the pigs, named Mary, rammed itself into the creature. A smaller black pig, named Hamlet, mustered up its own courage and also charged at the bear.
"I am super grateful that it didn't turn out a bad situation and super proud of the pigs for defending their territory, especially the little black one who was afraid of his own shadow," said Shaw in a message to News 12.
The bear got the hint and scurried up the fence, looked back at the pigs for a few moments, and even walked back up to the fence.
Shaw said bears have become a "huge nuisance" in the Gaylordsville section of New Milford and that she is "always trying to get rid of them." Shaw adds that they are no longer afraid of humans, loud noises or alarms.


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