Bear Takes Dip in Swimming Pool while Touring California Neighborhood

Based on the number of police vehicles and helicopters that swarmed a California neighborhood over the weekend, one might have thought a dangerous criminal had escaped prison. But that assumption would have been only half-right.

While the suspect caught roaming around in residents’ yards was definitely dangerous, it would be unfair to label the large bear a “criminal.” Surveillance footage taken in San Dimas Friday night shows the bear taking a long swim in a resident’s pool before scaling walls to poke around in other people’s yards. “It actually hopped the fence right next to me and I had to run into a neighbor’s yard,” one resident says. “That was pretty crazy.”

The unscheduled visit prompted authorities to tell residents to stay indoors as dozens of police cruisers and a helicopter followed the animal, attempting to gently steer it back toward the mountains, police say. They eventually succeeded.

What’s the scariest wild animal that’s made its way into your yard?

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