Woman Clubs Bear with Shotgun, Saves Unwitting Husband (VIDEO)

A Wisconsin man survived a bear attack thanks to his wife’s unconventional use of a shotgun.

Marie Ninnemann, from Green Bay, WI, was at her cabin on Wednesday afternoon when a 200-pound black bear began stalking her golden retriever. Her husband, Gerre Ninnemann, rushed out to save his prized pup, but quickly realized he was face-to-face with the angry animal completely unarmed.

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“I was so afraid the bear was going to get the dog,” said Mr. Ninnemann. ”I didn’t take time to go inside and get a gun so there I am unarmed and facing an insane bear.”

That’s when Marie sprang into action, grabbing a nearby shotgun and rushing to her husband’s aide – who had been pinned down and bitten by the marauding beast. Unfortunately, Mrs. Ninnemann wasn’t familiar with the weapon’s operation.

“She came out of the cabin with a shotgun…she didn’t know how to load it,” said Mr. Ninnemann.

Nevertheless, Marie used the shotgun as a club, smashing the bear over the head, stunning it long enough for the couple to abscond to safety. The animal circled the Ninnemann’s cabin until the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department arrived – who quickly shot and killed the bear.

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“If it hadn’t been my wife coming out and clubbing the bear on the head, I probably wouldn’t be talking to you today,” said Mr. Ninnemann – who received 14 stitches in his left ear and staples on the back of his head.

[ABCNews]