HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- The family swimming pool was too inviting to pass up for one of two black bears that wandered into a residential subdivision in Berkeley County on Tuesday afternoon.
Anke Linton and her daughter, Emily, were taken by surprise when two bears came into their yard at Crossings on the Potomac, a subdivision off W.Va. 901 near Hedgesville.
Anke Linton said she had opened the garage door to put a bike on the rack and left the door open. Soon after, she heard a noise in the garage from the kitchen, but thought the noise was her husband, she said.
But it was a bear ripping apart a plastic container with bird seed in it.
"I thought it was a dog," Linton said, because she could only see its ears.
But Emily saw that it was a bear, and then her mother saw it and started yelling at it, Linton said.