The Bear Knuckles Champ

A Juneau, Alaska, woman says she knows it was "real stupid" to punch a black bear in the snout to save her dog.

But Brooke Collins says the attack happened so fast, all she could think about was keeping her favorite dachshund, Fudge, from being killed.

The 22-year-old says as soon as she let her dogs out Sunday, Fudge started barking and she saw the bear carrying her dog like it would carry a salmon.

Collins told the Juneau Empire she did the first thing she thought of: she punched the bear's face and scooped away her dog when it dropped Fudge like a hot weiner.

The startled bear took off through bushes to a nearby mountain.

Fudge suffered some claw and bite marks, but they weren't deep. Collins says he appeared to be more shocked than injured.

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