This is not what you want to see while getting ready for bed: a large, marauding beast looking for his next meal.
For the past few months, a black bear has been spotted dumpster-diving at the Isles of Porto Vista condominium complex in Cape Coral, reports WZVN.
The beast is not known for his table manners, as video footage shot at the complex shows.
“He just goes inside, climbs inside the Dumpster and then he just takes his food,” resident Jim Amaral told the station. “He drags it out, makes a mess, goes back and forth till he’s satisfied enough and then he takes off.”
After his snack, he sometimes takes a casual stroll, residents report.
“Some of the other people here say they’ve actually seen him walking around the parking lot,” added Warren Rivera.
The big concern about the unwanted visitor is that it may hurt a child, who doesn’t realize that the cute, cuddly looking bear is a threat.
“We have a lot of kids here, and kids think it’s a little toy they’re gonna play with,” Amaral said. “And if they scare it, it’s gonna go after them.”
So far, no one’s pets have become dinner — but there’s that possibility lurking, too.
“This is a dog-friendly neighborhood,” said another resident, Chris May. “If it’s creeping around we don’t want anybody to lose their dog.”
“They received a letter from wildlife management saying, ‘You live in bear country, we’re not going to do anything,’ ” said Amaral, who added that the condo was given a list of do’s and don’ts when dealing with a bear.