Watch Cheeky Black Bear Enjoy a Private Pool Party at California Home

A cheeky black bear has been filmed having its own private pool party at a home in California.

The bear's antics were captured on a Ring device at a property in La Cañada Flintridge, which sits at the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains in Los Angeles County. Dawn, the homeowner, said she had never seen a bear in her property before and it was not normal for them to roam the neighborhood.

In the 31-second clip, the bear can be seen walking along the patio before getting into one of the three swimming pools at the property. It clambers from the first pool into another larger pool, where it can be seen swimming around.

Black bears are the only species of bear in California. The state used to be home to a population of grizzly bears, but it went extinct in the 1920s.

California's black bear population has increased in recent decades, going from between 10,000 and 15,000 in the early 1980s, to between 30,000 and 40,000 today.

They are found across most of the state, inhabiting grasslands, valley foothills, desert and at the interface of urban and wilderness areas.

Female black bears can reach around 200 pounds. Males normally weigh between 150 and 350 pounds, but can reach up to 500 pounds. They are omnivores, living on plants, insects and live prey. However, they are also attracted to garbage and, as more humans encroach on their natural habitat, conflicts with the public are increasing.

Earlier this year, reports emerged of a huge black bear that had been rampaging around California's Lake Tahoe. Dubbed Hank the Tank, residents said the bear had been entering homes and damaging property in search of food. DNA analysis later revealed Hank to be three individual bears that appeared to have become accustomed to feasting on garbage.

In a statement emailed to Newsweek, Dawn said they were home at the time of the encounter. "We were in shock," she said of the moment she saw the footage. "But I'm glad we caught it on video because it was a funny moment to share."

Dawn said she has no idea what attracted the bear to the property as sightings are very uncommon. "We had an encounter at the front of the house and never thought it would end up at the back of the house," she said. On having the Ring camera for home surveillance, she said: "[It] gives you a peace of mind knowing what's going on right outside your house."

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Dawn, the homeowner, said she had never seen a bear around her property until her Ring device captured this footage. Ring