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Black bears fight each other in front yard of Florida home

4:54 PM, Jun 22, 2012   |    comments
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By Dave McDaniel

Seminole Co. FL (WESH/CNN) - A pair of black bears sparring in the middle of a Central Florida yard were caught on camera.

Folks in the Seminole County community say they're used to seeing bears roam around the neighborhood, but they say they've never seen anything like this.

Call it a waltz, a fight, or a test of wills. The video of the two bears in a Longwood neighborhood is amazing, even to people who live around the area and see bears all the time.

"He says, 'Mom, you're not going to believe it. There are two big bears out there fighting.' So, of course, we get up and run out," said Tammy Snell.

By the time she got outside, much of it was over, but thankfully her neighbor has the footage.

WESH-TV shipped it to state wildlife officials who say it's something rarely seen. They aren't even sure what to make of it, except a couple of younger males may have been working to establish territory.

"They have been up on their hind legs, going after one another. There was blood. I mean, they were mean to one another," said Snell. "They were fighting and pawing, and all I saw was black fur."

You can't have two adult bears dancing around like that without having something left behind. Huge paw prints were left in a flower bed, and a bush was torn up when they were done with it.

Snell says she likes having the wildlife around.

"We love to see them. I mean, we're going to keep our pace from them. I mean, we're not going to go up to them and say, 'Here, bear, have a cookie,' but we love to see them," said Snell.

The bears ended up behind another set of bushes, rolled over the air conditioner, and then just seemed to amble away.

"They start looking over here at me like, 'Do you want some of this?' So I'm like, 'OK. I'm getting my door," said Snell.

No harm, no foul. The bears just took off. Not at a dead run, just moving along after some neighborhood history was caught on video.

WESH/CNN

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