An elderly man has quite the story to tell about a recent bear incounter.

When a bear tried to snatch up his tiny dog, a foothills man slapped the bear upside the head.

Carl Moore is not a guy who scares easily.

“The man or beast that I run from ain’t been born, and his momma’s already dead,” he said.

The 73 year-old character turns out to be quite the bear fighter

“I ain’t run from nothing; I never have in my whole life and I ain’t going to start now,” he said. “And you’re not going to sacrifice my babies for some damn bear.”

According to FOX 40, the bear was trying to get past a low gate on the deck to Carl Moore’s house when he heard his dog yelping in fear.

An employee who also lives at the house, John Sargent, said he couldn’t believe what he saw.

“He whips to the right and hit him with a right…it was crazy,” Sargent said.

Moore has apparently been training for such an enounter his whole life.

Sargent said Moore served as a Marine and was also formerly a boxer as well as a bouncer in country western bars in Texas.

“This big right hand has sent a lot of people to the floor,” Moore said.

Sargent said Moore served as a Marine and was also formerly a boxer as well as a bouncer in country western bars in Texas.

“This big right hand has sent a lot of people to the floor,” Moore said.

He said he’s lost three dozen chickens over the past few weeks and was convinced the bear was after his dogs, which he adores.

Fish and Wildlife rangers believe the bear who ran off after being hit weighed about 300 pounds.

“I never faced anything in my life that I didn’t figure I can whip,” Moore said.

Moore said if he was put in the same situation again, he wouldn’t hesitate.

“These dogs are my babies,” Moore said.

Fish and Wildlife officials said because the bear is eating his chickens, Moore could get a permit that would allow the bear to be killed.

But Moore said he doesn’t like that idea.

“If it comes back, I’ll call 911 and let the sheriff do it because I don’t want to shoot no animal,” Moore said.

Man Punches Bear: “The man or beast that I run from ain’t been born, and his momma’s already dead,”

Man Punches Bear: “The man or beast that I run from ain’t been born, and his momma’s already dead,”