At this time of year, many gardeners are wondering what to do with the tons of zucchini they have growing in their gardens.

Tip: stockpile them! Keep one by the front door, others next to the bed or in the car. You never know when one of these green monsters will come in handy, as it did for this resourceful gal:

Montana woman fends off bear attack with zucchini

The Associated Press
Thursday, September 23, 2010; 9:20 PM

HELENA, Mont. -- A Montana woman fended off a bear trying to muscle its way into her home Thursday by pelting the animal with a large piece of zucchini from her garden.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick holds a bear cub in his jacket while another is weighed in a hat Friday.


Cub scout: Fisheries and Wildlife officials take Gov. Patrick on mission to meet Whately bear, make a happy discovery

The Massachusetts governor came out our way yesterday, and went on a wildlife hunt for bear. Found him a few. To read the entire story, from the Greenfield Recorder, follow the link in the headline above. 

What a refreshing story for these depressing times!

Here's a photo from the Springfield newspaper, and  a link to their story and video. It's worth a look if you like bears!