Shmoopy the Poodle defeats bear!!
Teacup poodle chases bear up tree in Kirkland man's backyard
By CARRIE WOOD
Kirkland Reporter Editor
Today, 3:32 PM
A hunter in his spare time, Robert Carroll has encountered many bears.
But certainly never in his backyard.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Carroll's daughter Danielle, 21, was sitting on the porch when she heard rustling noises from the corner of the yard at Carroll's home in the 10700 block of 128th Avenue Northeast in the Rose Hill neighborhood. When an approximately 200-pound black bear approached her within 15 feet, she yelled, "There's a bear in the backyard!"
Carroll ran outside and thought his daughter could be mistaking the bear for a dog. But sure enough, it was a bear.
Carroll watched as his teacup poodle, Shmoopy, ran straight for the bear and chased it up a tree.
"The bear was really startled - I was not too worried about the dog at the time," recalled Carroll, a Re/Max real estate agent. "I was only thinking, bear in yard! Rose Hill? I have seen coyotes and deer in this neighborhood, but not in a million years did I ever think seeing a bear in this neighborhood was possible."
Caroll continued to clap his hands and the bear leaped from the tree over the fence and into his neighbor's yard.
The Kirkland Police Department instructed Carroll to notify the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Apparently, Carroll's home may not have been the bear's first stop in the area.
Earlier Tuesday, at 6 a.m., Redmond resident Alicia Ames woke up to her German shepherds barking.
The dogs ran to the kitchen sliding door and were barking hysterically, according to Ames, who lives within a mile of Rose Hill Junior High. She looked out and saw a black bear in her backyard, which butts up against an open green space next to a Puget Sound Energy easement.
"He wasn't a cub, he didn't look fully grown, but he was at least twice the size of the dogs," said Ames.
She said the bear, which looked like it was sniffing something, saw the dogs and reared up on its hind legs. The bear climbed Ames' 7-foot chain link fence and left.
Ames, who has lived in the area for more than 12 years, said this is the first time she has seen any signs of a bear.
"It was nerve racking, one thing to see them on the other side of the fence, but he was in my backyard," said Ames. "It was a bit shocking this morning. We don't have anything in our backyard that is bear attractive, I don't know what was enticing it to our yard."
Because of her home's proximity to Rose Hill Junior High, Ames called 911. She left the details with a police dispatcher and plans to review her camera security system when she returns from work.
The Reporter will update this story as more information becomes available, including whether it was the same bear in both cases.
Redmond Reporter Editor Bill Christianson contributed to this report.
Kirkland Reporter Editor Carrie Wood can be reached at email@example.com or 425.822.9166 ext 5050.