In a California lake, a family of black bears showed that people aren’t the only ones who like to cool off in the water by playing around with swimmers.

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South Lake Tahoe got up to 86°F (30°C) one day, and since bears have to wear fur coats all day, it’s easy to see why this family decided to take a bath.

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Jen Watkins was at Pope Beach when the strange thing happened. She took a picture of the huge mother bear and her three cubs.

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Jen told KCRA News that her child saw the mother bear for the first time when it got into a fight with another animal at the beach.

“I guess (the bear) was out earlier,” she said. It wasn’t as friendly as it used to be because it was worried about the cubs.

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Luckily, neither the dog nor the cubs were hurt during the standoff. The mother went on to plan a picnic for her family by stealing sandwich meat and a cooler from some humans and moving them into the woods.

After lunch, the family went back to the water, where people saw the cubs swimming around in the lake while they watched in shock.

Jen said, “We were all a little taken aback.”

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Newsweek says that the family of black bears found at Pope Beach is just one of the 25,000 to 35,000 black bears that are thought to live in California. In recent years, more people in North and South Lake Tahoe have seen black bears.

Even though the mother bear didn’t hurt anyone when she was at Pope Beach, Lieutenant Nelson Resendes of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said that the animals could be “very dangerous.”

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“We are in their territory when we’re up in the Foothills and in the Sierra” he said.

“Don’t feed them, don’t entice them, don’t provoke them and obviously in a setting like this… don’t approach them… Respect their space.”


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