81-year-old grandmother says she survived bear attack

The New Jersey grandmother who battled a 300-pound bear says she only survived the dismemberment because her beloved spaniel, Amanda, sacrificed her life in a valiant fight against the beast.

“I survived, because he took the dog. If he hadn’t taken the dog, he probably would have gotten rid of me, ”Carol Neighbor, 81, told The Post in her first interview since the bloody and terrifying attack on Monday night.

At around 7 a.m., she had just let out Amanda, her 14-year-old springer spaniel, and her daughter’s dog, a “very fast” Vizsla – to see them confront two bears that were eating her rubbish, according to Voisin and Township Police. Sparta.

“When I turned on the light and the dogs started running at them and barking, the big bear ran away,” she said.

The smaller bear – still formidable at over 300 pounds, officials said – attacked Amanda.

The neighbor stood up for her dog, causing the bear to turn on her.

Carol Neighbor posing with her spaniels in happier times.

“I was hitting him and screaming,” recalls the widow, who added that her punches had almost no effect.

The bear bit the neighbor’s leg, leaving a gash that required stitches to close, Sparta Township officers told CBS2.

“He threw me to the ground and took the dog,” Amanda Neighbor remembers sadly.

“When they finally found her in the woods, they took her to the vet and she couldn’t be saved,” said Neighbor, retired director of insurance company AIG. “We had to drop his mother this year, who was 17 years old. It’s hard to lose two in the same year.

A Facebook post shows Amanda with a second spaniel, possibly her mother.

Her daughter’s dog is unharmed.

Black bears are common in mountainous Sussex County, northern New Jersey, and as human-bear encounters become more frequent, bear attacks are “extremely rare,” the representative said. from DEP, Larry Hajna.

A black bear in the woods.
Black bears are common in the Neighbor area.
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DEP data shows an attack on one person in 2020 and none in 2021. The last recorded human death from a New Jersey black bear was in 2014.

Neighbor, a grandmother of five, is an animal lover who works in a local dog rescue.

Government officials plan to shoot the killer dog bear down – once they find it.

“They went looking that night … but they couldn’t find the bear,” Neighbor said. “I have a bear trap in my driveway now. “

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