Video shows bears ringing doorbell at California home

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A bear can make a pretty polite visitor.

Homeowners in Yucaipa, about 10 miles east of San Bernardino spotted some unusual activity captured on their Ring doorbell camera early Wednesday morning, according to reporting by 8NewsNow. 

A group of bears approached the porch of the home around 12:45 a.m. before one ambled up to the front door to get a closer look. 

The bear, closing in on the doorbell got on its hind legs to paw, sniff, lick at the glowing device a few times before running off with their pals. 

The furry mammal was able to ring the doorbell once by just the sheer intensity of his licks and scratches.

Watch the video below to see the bear ring the doorbell for yourself.


Anyone home? Nosy bear gets up close and personal with doorbell camera

A curious bear pressed its nose into a security camera and rang the doorbell.

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Tips and tricks to stay safe around wildlife 

Encounters with wildlife of any kind can happen anytime, anywhere. Especially, if the area you live is home to a certain animal population. Seeing javelinas or bears where you live might be common. 

Keeping your distance, paying attention to your surroundings, taking care to make your presence known are pretty sure ways to avoid a bear encounter altogether. 

But if you do encounter a bear, the National Park Service has some tips that will have you covered. 

  • Identify yourself by talking calmly so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal. Remain still; stand your ground but slowly wave your arms. 
  • Stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. 
  • Pick up small children immediately. Do not make any loud noises or screams—the bear may think it’s the sound of a prey animal.
  • Hike and travel in groups. Groups of people are usually noisier and smellier than a single person. Therefore, bears often become aware of groups of people at greater distances, and because of their cumulative size, groups are also intimidating to bears.
  • Make yourselves look as large as possible (for example, move to higher ground).
  • Do NOT allow the bear access to your food. 
  • Do NOT drop your pack as it can provide protection for your back and prevent a bear from accessing your food.
  • If the bear is stationary, move away slowly and sideways; this allows you to keep an eye on the bear and avoid tripping. Moving sideways is also non-threatening to bears.
  • Do NOT run, but if the bear follows, stop and hold your ground. Bears can run as fast as a racehorse both uphill and down. Like dogs, they will chase fleeing animals.
  • Do NOT climb a tree. Both grizzlies and black bears can climb trees.
  • Leave the area or take a detour. If this is impossible, wait until the bear moves away. Always leave the bear an escape route.
  • Be especially cautious if you see a female with cubs; never place yourself between a mother and her cub, and never attempt to approach them. The chances of an attack escalate greatly if she perceives you as a danger to her cubs.

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