A Wisconsin couple is recovering after a black bear charged into their home and they were forced to defend themselves.
The homeowners noticed the eating from a bird feeder a little past 11:00, according to Taylor County Sheriff Larry Woebbeking. They opened a window to yell for the bear to go away but instead, the beast turned and "charged" at the house, crashed through a window into the home and attacked the couple.
Both the husband and wife suffered "numerous bites and injuries" from the attack. While they fought with the bear the wife somehow managed to get a kitchen knife and stab the animal while her husband got a gun and shot and killed the bear.
The couple’s children were asleep in the house at the time of the attack and were not injured.
The adult female bear had a cub with her at the time, the cub ran away when the mother bear charged the home, according to the sheriff. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources took possession of the bear for testing.
The National Park Service says bear spray is the most effective tool for self-defense against a bear attack. The park service recommends against using a firearm to stop an attack, as it could "worsen" the attack and cause the bear to become more agitated. Bearwise, a program that helps educate people on black bears, suggests removing bird feeders from homes when bears are active in the area.
"Birdseed and grains have lots of calories, so they're attractive to bears. Removing feeders is the best way to avoid creating conflicts with bears," the website says.