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Bear In Hammock Video A Sign Of Florida’s Bear Problem

    June 1, 2014
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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Black bears are common in Florida and they have gotten so comfortable around humans that they have no problem approaching their homes, cars or even humans themselves.

A black bear was recently exploring a Florida back yard when he noticed a hammock and thought he would give it a try. The bear climbed into the hammock and appeared to be relaxing in it.

The owner of the hammock, Vincent James and his friend Rafael Torres heard a commotion in Vincent’s yard and went outside to investigate. They watched the bear from a distance and Torres even managed to video tape and snap photos of the curious bear.

“He got in the hammock like he was a tourist or something,” homeowner Vincent James said.

The witnesses said that the bear stayed in the hammock for around 20 minutes and appeared to be relaxing and enjoying himself.

While this bear may have seemed harmless and funny, black bears are actually a big problem in Florida. When they have a run-in with a human they can become scared and aggressive.

In April, a woman was in her garage when a black bear attacked her and drug her out into her driveway. At the time there were numerous other black bears in the neighborhood.

Black bears visit residential areas to search for food. They can usually be found tearing out the neighborhood trash cans. The bears are attracted by the smell of the food and trash and have learned that they can find an easy meal just by opening or often knocking over a trash can.

Eventually the bears got used to cars and people and now roam many Florida neighborhoods as they once did the nearby wooded areas.

Makes you think twice about complaining about the cats and dogs that tear out the trash in your neighborhood doesn’t it?

What do you think of the bear in the hammock?

Image via Wikimedia Commons


  • midnitejax

    Well it wasn’t like the old man was using it at the time. He’s lucky the bear wasn’t looking for his Pic-a-nick basket.

    • SUBLIME

      Too funny.

  • Sue

    Loss of habitat, plain and simple.

  • Inga

    To many people…that’s the real problem here.

  • Anja J

    how cute, he looks right at home there! Too bad they tend to be a bit dangerous, otherwise, like deer in the neighborhood, be nice to see them

    • zena

      What an idiot you are.

      • Unavailable

        Geez, what a b!tch you are….

  • MarryMeAnnie

    LOL, this beats the bear falling on the trampoline. That bear looks pretty relaxed on that hammock. Dinner and a nap.

  • sara

    Its not the bears fault that humans are invading THEIR HABITAT. bears are not the problem, people are.

    • just4funsies

      Yeah, you’re right… Lets make everybody move out of Florida… Idiot…

    • Unavailable

      So, tell all your friends and family to quit getting knocked up, and tell the US government to stop allowing Spics to move in. Problem solved.

  • Fred K Pope

    The bears really have a people problem.

  • Joey Jacobson

    Sign of human problem

  • SUBLIME

    Funny but dangerous.

  • zena

    They have it backwards. It is not a bear problem, but a human problem, too many people encroaching on wild life. Not the bears fault, our fault that we take over their space. Then, we kill them. Good going, humans.

  • RFL

    This bear must be a descendant of Yogi…..because that’s no average bear. (Remember the Yogi Bear TV show of years ago?)

  • Yabbaba

    Bears love McDonald’s French fries. They will walk for miles get some.

  • Ron

    Man, its good to wake up to a good laugh in the morning. LMAO! Set another place at the dinner table because that’s where he’s coming next.

  • MamaJoyce

    “they can becomes scared and aggressive” Where are your editors?

  • Kellel

    Bears want the american dream too.

  • A

    “Bear problem”? What about the human problem bears have? Due to humans encroaching on their habitat over time bears don’t seem to have any other alternative than to roam into neighborhoods which not too long ago were likely forest looking for food. There is a need for peaceful coexistence through people taking the necessary precautions to avoid tragic circumstances like bear attacks and the subsequent hunt and slaughter of animals who were just looking for food and shelter in areas where they used to be able to find it.

  • Unavailable

    I love how everybody is saying it’s a population problem. It’s a country. People live here. Get over it. Alligators and bears multiply 10x worse than humans, and they are a danger to us. If I see them or a snake, or anything else, rest assured I’m getting my gun and I don’t give a shit WHO whines to Peta.