Well, we have really obnoxious mosquitoes.

This morning, conversation in my office turned to the topic of bear attacks. (Don’t ask me how, I am too sleepy to remember.)

A quick google search found the photos of that insanely giant Alaskan bear. (You know the one- everyone got that in their email two years ago.) However, I found this article. I am a little amazed at how nonplussed this woman is about the experience of being attacked by a bear.

Heil-Smith had been on the phone at the time with her friend, Debby Nelson. The phone was knocked out of her hand during the attack. But instead of yelling for help, Heil-Smith was yelling, “It’s only a bear” to avoid scaring her friend.”

I didn’t want her to think it was a man with a gun or anything,” Heil-Smith joked.

“She’s pretty tough,” Scott Smith said of his wife. “It was one mother against another. I wasn’t here when it happened, but I could see the results when I got home.”

After the bear left with its cub, Heil-Smith found the phone and dialed 911. When paramedics arrived, they found her cleaning blood off the floor.

“I didn’t want my daughter to come home from volleyball and see all that blood,” she said. “So they helped me clean it up as they were fixing me up.”

Want another reason not to live in Minnesota?

Minnesota has more than 20,000 black bears.


  1. We have bears in my neighborhood, too. Little ones, but I ain’t gonna mess with ’em. They swipe our trash and we see their footprints from time to time. My wife actually saw one rifling through a trash can a few doors away. If they get to be too at ease around humans and too bold, they die. I wash my trash, so they won’t be tempted, because “a fed bear is a dead bear”, but they’re hungry this time of year and they get in it anyway. Do you have ’em in your neck of the woods?

  2. David F

    I wonder what Mrs. Heil-Smith would have to say about that gallery owner in NYC and her “flashbacks” about getting “kidnapped” and “assaulted” in a Benz SUV.

  3. what, on top of the 3,583 other reasons not to live here? sure, why not. oh and don’t forget the mountain lion (singular) who wandered in from someplace else and set up shop.

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