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Home Invasion of the Fury Kind

It's been a while since Everett Skinner has been hunting, but he's always kept a shotgun handy to protect his family.

"In this case, I'm glad I did," he said, recalling a recent incident in which a bear tore through a screen and climbed inside his Oregon home.

His daughter, Nicole, was the first to hear the bear, and she rushed to her parents' room for help. Her father grabbed his shotgun.

Skinner says he and the bear saw one another simultaneously. The bear stood up and headed toward Skinner, so he fired. "It didn't even faze him," Skinner recalls.

He fired three more rounds, dispatching the bear. "We were very blessed that this didn't go badly," Nicole said.

(Associated Press, 07/29/09)

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