What does a bear do after being out all night in heavy storms that probably disturbed his slumber? Well, in this case, he finds a nice comfy porch to catch up on some snooze time!
The somewhat frightening bear encounter happened one day in July 2017 in Longwood, Florida.
That day, homeowner Warren Woodard arrived home, not knowing that a gigantic black bear was sleeping with its legs sprawled out on his doorstep.
Woodard only realized it when his wife informed him about it. “(I) went around to the garage and my wife—we met at the garage door, and she said, ‘Come here a minute,’” he recalled to CBS affiliate WKMG-TV. “(She said), ‘There’s a bear laying at the door asleep.’”
Looks like it found a nap spot that was just right!
With disbelief, Warren followed his wife and he saw it for himself. “Sure enough, he was laying there,” he said. “(It) looked like he was asleep.”
There had been some heavy rain and storms during the previous night, so Woodard believed the “bear had got caught up in it, and here’s a nice dry place.” He added: “I guess if the door wasn’t there, he probably would have gone in the house.”
Lucky for them he didn’t, as bears have been known to break into houses and go on a rampage as the owners hide themselves safely behind locked doors.
Woodard was undoubtedly wary of the big black bear; however, he didn’t want to miss the opportunity to capture this unusual visitor on camera. While the bear took a nap, Woodard silently snapped a few photos. He also took one photo showing the big animal rolling over.
Then, he called 911 for help.
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When a policeman arrived, he was just as scared. “A community police officer came first and that guy wouldn’t come in the driveway,” Woodard laughingly said.
Well, it’s a “normal” reaction when encountering a 6- to 7-foot-long wild bear—whether asleep or awake. So, another police officer soon arrived on the scene.
The bear suddenly woke up from his slumber as that officer made a noise. Startled, the animal jumped up and started running.
That’s when the first officer yelled at Woodard: “Look out!”
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It transpired the bear had made a dash toward Woodard!
Fortunately, Woodard quickly ran into the garage, avoiding the beast at the critical moment.
Woodard was relieved he did not come face to face with the big black bear, for if he did, “it might have had me at the hospital.” He said: “It’s a scary thought.”
If you happen to chance upon a black bear, follow exactly what the officer in this story did to scare it away.
“You want to let the bear know it is not welcome in your yard, so from a safe location, scare it away by yelling, banging pots and pans, using an air horn, or anything else that makes a lot of noise,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states on its website. “Black bears are normally too shy to risk contact with humans.”
Watch the encounter with the bear in the video: