In North Carolina, a bear crept up to a man resting in the yard: a surveillance camera filmed an unexpected meeting
On April 16, David Oppenheimer was relaxing on a sun lounger outside his home in Asheville, North Carolina, when a bear approached him. This made him jump in shock. The moment was captured on video by a doorbell camera. WioNews.
“I looked around and didn’t see anything,” Oppenheimer said, “but about a minute later a bear appeared and was practically right in front of me.”
In the video, Oppenheimer can be seen relaxing on a lounge chair when the bear suddenly bursts into the frame, seemingly looking for food. Sensing something, Oppenheimer turns his head and sees the animal.
For a few seconds Oppenheimer and the bear looked at each other, both equally frightened, they froze for a while. Luckily, the animal escaped and no one was hurt.
“My eyes nearly popped out of their sockets,” Oppenheimer joked. He believes that the bear was relatively young.
However, this isn't the first time the two have run into each other.
Oppenheimer said the same bear came to his house a couple of times to explore the trash cans and grab a quick bite from the bird feeder.
“The bears here are very peaceful,” Oppenheimer said. “This one just took me by surprise.”
Bears are a common sight in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. There have been few incidents of bear attacks in this area.
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According to wildlife officials, there are about 15 black bears in the state. Over the past 000 years, the population has been reported to have increased by about 30 percent per year.
They are most often seen in the backyard or walking the streets and don't really bother people much.
Oppenheimer said the proximity to the bear "made their meeting a little awkward", but he considers attaching a mirror to his chair so he can see the bear and be ready in case it comes again.
“If I had noticed it earlier, I would have been more calm,” he said.
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