MEADOW VISTA, Calif. -- A 73-year-old man has no regrets about punching a bear trying to eat his tiny chihuahua.
And when you hear Carl Moore talk (Watch in the video player above) you'll understand more about the man who didn't back down to a determined bear.
Moore is a self-prescribed 'brawler.' He's also an ex-marine, a former boxer and bouncer at country music bars in Texas. So, it seems the bear picked the wrong house for an easy meal.
Moore says he's recently lost three dozen chickens to bears and wasn't going to let this one get to his dogs, a chihuahua and a 15-year-old dog that barely has the energy to bark.
The bear was trying to get past a low gate on the deck to Carl Moore’s house when Moore heard his dog screaming in fear.
“She was terrified,” Moore said.
Moore raised his arms and charged the bear causing it to retreat up a ramp leading to the deck. According to several witnesses, the bear reared up and turned toward Moore.
"Carl just blasted him," said John Sargent, who was at the house at the time. "Crazy."
“He whips to the right and hit him with a right…it was crazy,” Sargent said.
Fish and Wildlife rangers believe the bear weighed about 300 pounds. When FOX 4 sister station KTXL-TV asked Moore why he didn't retreat from the bear, as experts advise, he responded:
"I ain't lettin' no bear eat my puppies. That ain't gonna happen."
“I never faced anything in my life that I didn’t figure I can whip,” Moore said.
Fish and Wildlife said because the bear is eating his chickens that Moore could get a permit that would allow the bear to be killed, but Moore doesn’t like that idea.