She Was Stalked by a Wolf for 12 Hours. Then the Bear Came

Joanne Barnaby just wanted to pick some mushrooms
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2016 5:24 PM CDT
Updated Jun 16, 2016 12:30 AM CDT
She Was Stalked by a Wolf for 12 Hours. Then the Bear Came

Meet Joanne Barnaby, Canada's biggest badass. CBC reports Barnaby bravely used a protective mother bear to get rid of the hungry wolf that had been stalking her through the woods for 12 hours. The ordeal started last Friday when Barnaby was out picking mushrooms with her dog, Joey. They were heading back to her truck when Barnaby heard growling and turned around to see a "very skinny" wolf. “His legs were spread and his hair was standing, and he was growling, and baring his teeth," Barnaby says. The wolf started pacing in front of her, herding her and Joey away from her truck and the highway. "It took me a while to realize that he knew what he was doing. He was trying to wear me down.”

The wolf pursued Barnaby for 12 hours. "He was dogged. He was just determined." Then, around 4:30am, Barnaby heard a mother bear and cub calling to each other from a distance. "I realized that there was a chance that the mother bear would tackle the wolf if she felt that the wolf was a threat." Barnaby headed toward the cub and before long heard crashing in the forest behind her. “I could hear the wolf yelping, and I could hear the mama bear growling, and I could hear all this crashing, and I just took off." Barnaby and Joey eventually made it back to the highway, where they were rescued by a mountie. Read the full story for Barnaby's thoughts on mosquitoes, beer, and always bringing your gun. (Read more wolf stories.)

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