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Apparent bear encounter painful for pooch

Tahoe Daily Tribune

LAKE TAHOE ” A 4-year-old whippet barely escaped death this week after an apparent encounter with a black bear sow and her two cubs outside a South Lake Tahoe home.

The owner of the dog, South Shore resident Bryan Rosner, said he, his wife, Leila, and their 1-year-old son, Judah, were headed out for a hike Monday morning with their whippet, Ender, when the incident occurred.

Shortly after opening the garage door to his parents’ home on Silverwood Court for “two minutes” and letting Ender out the front door, the dog came running back into the house with scratches on its hindquarters and a deep gash on its side.

Although Rosner didn’t see exactly what happened to Ender, he went outside to find three bears eating a 10-pound bag of dog food they apparently had dragged from the garage to the side of the house.

Rosner and a friend tried to scare the bears off, but the bears didn’t leave until they finished the dog food. After about 20 minutes, the bears finished the dog food and left, Rosner said.

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