Bear Beats The Heat With Dip In Caldwell Pool

CALDWELL, NJ (CBS 2) —  The hot weather is taking its toll on everyone, but one homeowner in New Jersey says she had an unwelcomed guest seeking refuge from the heat in her backyard.

A bear stopped by the Caldwell home to cool off Wednesday, dipping its back paws into the homeowner’s pool when the temperatures soared.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife says black bears are a common problem in residential neighborhoods in New Jersey, but usually because of garbage. Officials say they’re attracted to smelly odors and that securing your garbage is the best way to keep bears out your yard.

But in this case, it was the 90-plus degree temperatures that brought the bear out of the woods. The homeowner said the bear stayed for a few minutes, then walked away. 

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Police said the same bear was also spotted in Fairfield.

Earlier this month, a black bear was captured by wildlife officials after it was seen roaming around East Brunswick.

You can report bear damage or nuisance behavior to the DEP’s 24-hour hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP. For more information, visit

Have you seen any wildlife cooling off in extreme ways? Let us know in our comments section below…

  • Bklyn mom

    Stop building houses near the bears’ natural habitats and you won’t have a problem with them in your back yards! :-)

    • KPMc

      There were bears and other wildlife living on your block at one time. A little hypocritical of you, no?

  • JMS

    authorities have recently been able to confirm that this same bear, now donning a straw hat and toothpic in his mouth, has hooked up with with a much smaller bear of the same species and the two have been seen stealing picnic baskets from campers at a nearby state park.

    • Brooklyn McDirtyshoes

      A local park ranger claims that the reports are greatly exaggerated.

      • JMS

        the same ranger was also overheard to mumble “%$#&ing Yogi” under his breath

  • Jeremy

    Bears are pretty smart! I’m surprised the bear didn’t jump into the pool and start swimming around or dive off the diving board. Maybe she was scared and didn’t feel comfortable.

  • JMS

    I guess he’s smarter than the average bear

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