A Wisconsin man was being attacked by a black bear Monday and his wife, wielding a shotgun, came to his rescue. But she didn’t use it in the way you might think.

Wisconsin Wife Clubs Bear With a Shotgun to Save Her Husband

(Image: WLUK-TV/YouTube screenshot)

Marie Ninnemann couldn’t load the shells into the shotgun in order to fire at the animal, which was chasing the couple’s dog and turned on her husband at their cabin in Marinette County. Even if she could load the firearm, WLUK-TV reported that she wouldn’t have known how to shoot it.

So how did she use the weapon against the juvenile animal to save her husband, Gerre Ninnemann?

“Marie had a good angle from the top of the steps and clubbed the bear over the head,” Gerre told WLUK-TV.

Stunning the bear gave Gerre and his wife enough time to scramble inside the cabin where they called the authorities.

With the bear at their front door and windows, Gerre said it took the deputy with county sheriff’s office about 45 mintues to arrive. But the bear was still waiting.

Wisconsin Wife Clubs Bear With a Shotgun to Save Her Husband

(Image: WLUK-TV/YouTube screenshot)

“The bear walked up to the front of the squad car and the deputy was about 10 feet away and dropped him with one shot,” Gerre said, according to WLUK-TV.

Gerre was treated for wounds on his head and neck, but otherwise he and the dog involved in the bear attack are doing well. As for Marie, “I owe her my life,” Gerre said, noting how he fully intends to teach her how to properly load and fire the gun.

Watch the report:

(H/T: Fox News)

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