A brave 90-year-old woman managed to fight off a bear with a lawn chair after it crept up on her as she slept.
Altha Williams was relaxing at her home in Sevierville, Tennessee, on Wednesday when the mother bear approached her porch and lunged at her.
Williams said the bear, whose cubs were nearby, had its "face right in my face" when she used a lawn chair to stop it from getting any closer.
"I was just sitting here, hadn’t been here more than two or three minutes. Evidently it heard me. It just made a lunge at me," Williams told WVLT.
The old timer managed to escape with just a small wound to her forearm, and after a short hospital stay she's back home and thanking her lucky stars.
"I’ve been praising the Lord ever since then, because I may not be here," said Williams.
Williams said she has encountered other bears at her home by Smoky Mountains National Park.
"Last year I had a bear with three cubs," she said. "It could have been the same bear, but it hadn’t ever bothered me."
She said that bears have run away from her in the past so it is "really unusual" that the latest beast lunged at her.
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Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency spokesman Matt Cameron praised Williams for her actions.
"The way she responded was exactly what we tell people to do," Cameron told the TV station.
"To get big, yell at them, make noise. To intimidate them. Pat on the back for how she responded; it very well could have saved her life."
The bear, not content with its attack on Williams, ended up getting shot after picking a fight with her neighbour.
"After the mother bear swatted at the victim, it left that area and, from what we are told, it charged another neighbour who shot it," Cameron said. "Once that happened, there was no choice but to euthanize her."
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