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Bear in Hammock: Animal Takes a Load Off on Florida Homeowner's Property

By    |   Monday, 02 June 2014 08:30 AM

A bear lying in a hammock was caught on tape by a Floridian homeowner lounging back between a pair of trees not once, but twice in the same night.

The incident occurred Thursday in the backyard of Vincent James of Daytona Beach, Florida.

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"He got in the hammock laying back like he was a tourist or something, then something spooked him and he ran right back through there fast," James told CNN affiliate WESH.com as he pointed to a patch of bushes on his property. "And then I said 'oh well he's gone,' half an hour later he comes back and there he is in the hammock again."

The photos of the bear were taken by local photographer Rafael Torres, who told CNN the black bear remained in the hammock for about 20 minutes before walking away into the bush. Torres added that he was about 60 feet away from the lounging bear taking the photos and his presence didn't appear to disturb the animal.

According to WESH.com, the bear is a common sight in the Pebble Creek community of Daytona Beach, having been spotted by other residents meandering through the neighborhood in search of food, which at times involved him emptying out the contents of a bird feeder or rummaging through a garbage can.

Black bears in general have become increasingly prevalent throughout Florida.

In December, a 200-pound female black bear was tracked down and euthanized two days after it attacked a 54-year-old woman while she was walking her two small dogs.

In a separate incident, also in Florida, an 81-year-old woman was arrested after she was caught repeatedly feeding bears on her property, putting out up to 18 bowls of dog food at a time for the black bears near her home, CNN reported.

She was reportedly told to stop feeding the bears on several occasions by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, however the woman insisted the animals would starve without her.

Unprovoked black bear attacks are said to be extremely rare in Florida, according to CNN. One of the reasons for the increased encounters between bears and people is because humans are increasingly moving into areas that were previously only inhabited by bears and other Florida wildlife, biologists told the cable news network.

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