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Black bears invade backyard

NAPLES, FL (NBC) - A Florida woman witnessed a black bear intrusion in her backyard Monday.

Lila Colon grabbed her camera when saw a family of black bears.

"I saw one bear," Colon said. "Then they kept coming out and coming out."

Colon said there were five bears total, a mother and her four cubs.

Colon said she took her trash out 30 minutes before she spotted the bears, and they were headed toward it.

"Bears are opportunistic feeders," Naples Zoo Director David Tetzlaff said. "They go wherever there's a food source, so if you're laying out a buffet for a bear, you're going to attract them."

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said bears are protected in Florida, and the bear population has been expanding since the1980s.

Tetzlaff said Southwest Florida is one of the hot spots in the state for black bears, and they are not typically aggressive.

"Odds are you aren't going to be attacked," Tetzlaff said. "The bears are more afraid of you than vice versa, but you have to respect the bear."

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