If you're lucky enough to have some zucchini (summer squash) plants, you know they can provide months worth of fresh vegetables for you, your family, and maybe most of the neighborhood. The challenge quickly becomes what to do with all those zukes. Entire cookbooks have been devoted to this subject. Inevitably, you forget to pick them during a couple of hot days, and somewhere under that jungle of leaves and stems, a giant baseball bat or bowling pin awaits. At my house this summer, less traditional uses included drying, freezing, and pickling zucchini, plus feeding some to the chickens. But in Montana, according to the AP article below, zucchini bowling pins have found a new use for repelling bears. I do not condone animal cruelty, but perhaps in cases of self-defense, it's not a bad idea to have a zucchini handy.
Montana Woman fends off bear with zucchini
FRENCHTOWN, Mont. — Police say a Montana woman used an unlikely weapon to fend off a
charging bear — a zucchini.
Missoula County Sheriff's Lt. Rich Maricelli says a 200-pound black bear attacked the
woman's 12-year-old collie just after midnight Wednesday on the back porch of her home about 15 miles west of Missoula.
When the woman, whom police did not name, screamed to draw the bear's attention, it charged her and swiped at her leg.
Maricelli says the woman jumped back into the doorway and reached for the nearest object
on her kitchen counter — a 12-inch zucchini from her garden.
The woman flung the vegetable at the bear, striking it on top of the head and causing it to
Maricelli says the woman did not need medical attention. Wildlife officials were trying to locatethe bear on Thursday.