A black bear cools off in a California homeowner’s pool during the hot Labor Day weekend


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A California black bear was seen bathing in a homeowner’s pool as the summer heat increased in Southern California.

“I just looked out the window and thought it was a person swimming in the pool,” Simi Valley owner Mike Emanuel told Fox Los Angeles. “I was like, ‘Who the hell was in the pool?'”

Emanuel found the bear in his garden on Saturday, when temperatures in the area hit 108 degrees.

“It’s so dry out there… never in a million years do I think there would be a bear swimming in the pool,” Emanuel said.

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California black bear cools off over Labor Day weekend in owner’s pool in Simi Valley. (Los Angeles Fox)
(Los Angeles Fox)

Simi Valley is located approximately 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Video footage showed the bear cooling off in the pool before getting out and scratching its back on a poolside tree.

The owner said he called a non-emergency line to report the bear because he didn’t want the animal to be shot by authorities.

California black bear cools off over Labor Day weekend in owner's pool in Simi Valley.  (Los Angeles Fox)

California black bear cools off over Labor Day weekend in owner’s pool in Simi Valley. (Los Angeles Fox)
(Los Angeles Fox)

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“I said, ‘Hey, there’s a bear in my garden,’ and then they asked me if I had been drinking,” Emanuel recalled of the phone call.

A California black bear cools off over Labor Day weekend in the owner's pool in Simi Valley, scratches on a tree.  (Los Angeles Fox)

A California black bear cools off over Labor Day weekend in the owner’s pool in Simi Valley, scratches on a tree. (Los Angeles Fox)
(Los Angeles Fox)

There are approximately 30,000 to 40,000 California black bears in the state, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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California black bear cools off over Labor Day weekend in owner's pool in Simi Valley.  (Los Angeles Fox)

California black bear cools off over Labor Day weekend in owner’s pool in Simi Valley. (Los Angeles Fox)
(Los Angeles Fox)

California officials are warning residents not to approach the bears, saying the large animals will scavenge for food before returning to their habitats.

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A bear was spotted in the same area on Sunday morning, with one person reporting that a bear entered their home through an open door, Fox Los Angeles reported. The sightings did not result in any incidents, the Department of Fish and Wildlife told the outlet.


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