Bear Takes A Dip

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Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 1:48pm

Black bear goes for a swim in Florida family's pool.

A black bear was caught doing laps in a Naples, Florida swimming pool, and the family that lives there says this wasn't the first time he's paid them a visit.

Dan Worsdale has lived in Golden Gate Estates for nearly 15 years.

"It's definitely one of the reasons I live out here is because of nature," he said. "Usually, I thought the fence was keeping them out."

The bear made itself right at home last week, when his family spotted a black bear in their backyard swimming pool.

"They were just like teenagers. When they came, they're playing around the pool and having a good time," Worsdale said.

He said he quickly went to grab the camera.

"I've got a couple of pictures of him walking right through the front yard," he said.

He said after the bear took a dip, he simply jumped the fence and left.

"He just seemed to want to jump in, cool off and be on his way," Worsdale said.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission officers say people should cover their trash to prevent attracting bears.

Worsdale and his family have no problem with that.

They always cover their trash cans outside.

This story is a little bit different.

Worsdale thinks some pizza crust left by his grandson in a trash can inside the lanai actually attracted the bear.

He has since replaced the torn lanai screen with a Plexiglas base.

It's not the first time Worsdale has spotted a bear.

Dense forests, with berries, surround his home.

"Berries are what they eat when they don't have pizza crust," he said with a laugh.

His wife and family aren't so easy-going about the visit.

"They think it's a little bit scary now, too," he said.

For now, there will be no pizza crust or food of any kind allowed uncovered in any trash cans.
 

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