HEWITT, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A fearless dog saved the day for a family in New Jersey after they had an unexpected visit – from a bear!

A homeowner in Hewitt shared video of a large black bear looking for some food in his backyard recently.

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(Credit: Mark Stinziano)

The bear even took down a bird feeder and started to snack, but it wouldn’t be able stay around for long. A neighbor’s dog, name Riley, came running over and actually scared the giant bear away.

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Riley bolted into the Passaic County yard and fearlessly charged right into the bear’s side, startling the large creature who quickly fled back into the wild.

(Credit: Mark Stinziano)

Homeowner Mark Stinziano told CBS2 Riley is an awesome pup that likes to check on his kids every now and then.

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On this day, Riley’s kindly “neighborhood watch” service may have kept that entire family safe.