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.

(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.

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.

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