Bear Charges Former Police Chief Who Fights Him Off With a Light
A surveillance video captured a large black bear charging aggressively at former Eureka Police Chief Murl Harpham Saturday morning about 2 a.m. in the Weaverville area near Browns Mountain. Harpham, however, was having none of that nonsense. He chased the large bear off with a spotlight.
The video is a film of the video narrated by Pamlyn Millsap, a friend of Harpham. First, you see the large bear pursue Harpham’s large German Shepherd off the porch.
Then Harpham opens the door. At first the bear looks as if it will wander off the far end of the porch but then, at the last moment, it turns and charges directly at Harpham. “Hey, get out of here,” Harpham yells. He later told us that he struck at the bear with a large handheld spotlight. Blinded, the bear fled. Harpham chased after it into the dark for a bit before returning like John Wayne.
Harpham who has a residence in the Weaverville area said that he had been having issues with the creature. “The bear had been around the two previous nights,” he said.
Harpham said he was worried for his 105 pound German Shepherd. Last year, his dog had to be taken to the vet for a 6 inch slash on its head from a bear.
He didn’t want the bear killed though. “I love the animals around, ” he said. “I love the deer walking through. I got a fox pooping on the rail. So, Harpham called Fish and Wildlife. They are worried about the aggressive behavior and have already put in place a method to capture the bear. “A federal trapper set up a live trap,” Harpham said.