A black bear sat perched high in a tree in West Milford, New Jersey. The bear peered down at the small figure sitting at the base of the tree. A tabby cat named Jack, had chased the bear up the tree and wouldn’t let him come down!
Neighbor Suzanne was standing in her West Milford backyard, when she saw Jack, chase the black bear up a 40-foot tree. Startled by the cat, the bear decided to run for it. And with the cat on his tail, the bear ran for the nearest tree.
Jack, a 15-pound orange-and-white cat, is known to be territorial about his property, chasing small animals when he can, but owner Donna Dickey say his latest escapade was surprising. Jack was rescued from a shelter 10 years ago. A senior citizen by cat standards, he nonetheless was not going to stand idly by while the black bear invaded his garden. Although de-clawed, Jack still regularly hunts rabbits, birds, and chipmunks.
“He’s fearless. Yeah, I guess he’s compensating for the no claws,” neighbor Elisa said. “We used to joke, ‘Jack’s on duty,’ never knowing he’d go after a bear,” owner Donna Dickey chucked.
Although she originally thought Jack was simply looking up at the bear, Donna soon realized the much larger animal was afraid of the hissing cat. After about 15 minutes peering down at the cat from the tree, the bear descended and tried to run away, only to have Jack chase it up another tree. At this point Donna, who feared for her cat, called Jack back home and the bear scurried back to the woods.
“He doesn’t want anybody in his yard,” Dickey said.
Bear sightings are not unusual in West Milford, which experts consider one of the state’s most bear-populated areas. Jack’s “tale” earned world-wide attention and his photo with his “captive” was the most down-loaded photo off the internet for several days. Jack became an internet sensation.
But Jack is not alone in his fight against black bear… watch a little calico girl stand her ground in her own wildlife encounter.