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Bear caught on video stealing Pennsylvania family’s dog food off their porch goes viral

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With the area’s supply of “pic-a-nic” baskets sorely lacking, Thornhurst Twp.’s answer to Yogi Bear settled on a box of dog food.

The Newman family’s home security camera captured a young black bear helping itself Wednesday afternoon to a box of dog food delivered to their porch. A day later, the video has gone viral.

Aidan Newman, 18, came home at about 2 p.m. with his girlfriend and found a bear, which he estimated to be between 2 and 3 years old, staring at them, he said. They hurried inside.

The bear swiped dog food delivered by Chewy, an online retailer that delivers pet products, meant for the family’s St. Bernard, Cleopatra; goldendoodle, Elizabeth; and Yorkshire terrier, Isabella. For perhaps an hour and a half, the young bear settled in the shade of a tree and chowed down.

“I think he definitely was enjoying his snack,” Aidan Newman said.

Bears are a common sight in rural Thornhurst Twp. Sometimes they get into areas they shouldn’t and snatch up stuff that isn’t theirs.

Thornhurst Twp. Supervisor Scott Jordan said he knew of a resident who went camping about two weeks ago, came home and discovered a bear in her house. She called the Pennsylvania Game Commission, who removed it and released it back into the state forestland, which makes up a sizable portion of the township’s roughly 23 square miles.

“We have more bears than we do deer up here,” Jordan said.

The family watched the porch camera footage, and Melissa Newman, Aidan’s mother, posted a clip on her Facebook page so her friends could have a laugh.

WNEP then reported the story and the video gained momentum. The family started getting calls Thursday from news agencies in New York, Aidan Newman said.

As for the pups, they did not have to go hungry.

The family also shared the story with Chewy, said Aidan’s father, Isaac Newman. The company quickly got back to them with a letter promising a replacement. The new food arrived Thursday.

“It’s true, all animals love our Chewy deliveries, even bears,” Kelli Durkin, vice president of customer service at Chewy, said in an emailed statement. “We want every animal to experience our products, but what’s most important is ensuring our valued customers have their pet products and supplies when they need them. Hopefully our new friend has enough to hold him over for a while.”

Contact the writer: jkohut@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9144; @jkohutTT on Twitter

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