In California, a bear broke into a house to loot the refrigerator – before heading to the neighbors’ house to take a few laps in the pool.
The animal was first spotted by Chelsea Mapanda, who returned home on Tuesday after a night out to find her kitchen had been trashed and paw prints leading to the refrigerator.
The juvenile bear had eaten mangoes, avocado and guava jam, she said. KTLA – adding that she heard a noise in her garage and called the police.
“I actually just tried a little bit of everything — a little bit of cereal, jars of stuff,” she said.
“It opened everything up, sweet things. Sweet treats – something we would all do.
Footage captured by a Ring camera showed the bear doing swimming laps, hours after attacking a nearby kitchen.
The bear dove in one paw, before deciding to go for a swim on Wednesday evening
Chelsea Mapanda found paw prints (pictured) in her kitchen, coming out of the open fridge
Bears consume about 20,000 calories a day, said Mackenzie Rich of the wildlife department, and their noses are seven times stronger than a bloodhound’s.
Rich said there had been an increase in bear sightings in the area and they were keen to tag the bear to monitor where it was.
The bear left Mapanda’s house in the early hours of Wednesday.
The same bear was spotted on Wednesday evening going for a swim in a neighbor’s swimming pool around 6:30 p.m.
The animal can be seen dipping a toe in, then diving into the water. Instead of going out, he takes a lap around the pool.
Officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife were dispatched to the scene and said they intended to “resolve this issue quickly and safely for both humans and animals.”
Wildlife sightings in the area, located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, are not uncommon.
A homeowner saw this bear, which could be the same one that went swimming.
Bears are frequently seen in the Sierra Madre
Laura Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the city of Sierra Madre, said humans and animals interact frequently.
“We encounter a number of wildlife. We have bears and coyotes here,” Aguilar said.
Mapanda said she hopes the story will encourage people to educate themselves about what to do if they encounter a bear.
“I’m glad people are more aware now that there are these sightings,” she said.
“And I hope they will be more informed about what to do if they encounter one.”
In July, DailyMail.com shared images of a mother bear and her baby bathing in a Southern California pool amid a heatwave.
Footage was captured of the brown bears splashing in the outdoor pool.
The two are seen fighting on the edge of the pool before the mother bear plunges her front paws into it.
She then jumps in and splashes a large mass of water out of the pool.
The two bears are then seen playing briefly in the water before the baby comes out and walks out of frame.
A Southern California homeowner caught a mama bear and her baby swimming in his pool to try to cool off in July.
Bear sightings are believed to be more common as the summer months warm up and people spend more time outdoors.
The National Park Service advises keeping your distance from bears, avoiding sudden movements that might startle an animal, or hiding and frightening it.
“Pay attention to your surroundings and make a special effort to be visible if you are in an area where bears are known to be active or if you have a good food source, such as berry bushes. »
Bear attacks are rare, experts say. Most will only attack if they feel threatened, to defend their young or to protect their food.