Moment man is mauled by bear that sneaked into home - while pet cats watched

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Footage shared on Facebook by John Swartz
Footage shared on Facebook by John Swartz's wife, Lori, on July 29 shows a bear walk up unto what appears to be the family's porch on their Danville, Pennsylvania, property (Image: Lori N John Swartz / Facebook)

A Pennsylvania man survived a close call with a bear while he was filling up a kiddie pool for his granddaughter in his garage.

Footage shared on Facebook by John Swartz's wife, Lori, on July 29 shows a bear walk up unto what appears to be the family's porch on their Danville, Pennsylvania, property. Two cats can be seen lounging in a porch seat as the large predator makes its way to the garage.

Additional footage shows John making his way to the same area where the bear had wandered. The two have their brief interaction before John runs back to safety, with his furry pals startled by all of the commotion.

John had startled the bear, who had been rummaging for trash in the family's garbage on the night of July 27. “My head hurt and it knocked me against the wall, little did we know until we received the video as to what happened outside," he explained to Fox 56.

"I didn’t realise I fell over the bear and continued down the sidewalk holding my head and continued into the house to retrieve a washcloth. I knew I had injuries and I had blood coming down."

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Moment man is mauled by bear that sneaked into home - while pet cats watchedJohn had startled the bear, who had been rummaging for trash in the family's garbage on the night of July 27 (Lori N John Swartz / Facebook)

John wound up getting bit on the head by the bear before running into his home. His wife frantically rushed to cover the wound and called 9-1-1 to alert them as to what had happened.

“We’ll never forget. It was horrible, but we're lucky that it’s all that happened. He has a couple of wounds but they’ll heal", Lori Swartz shared.

Moment man is mauled by bear that sneaked into home - while pet cats watchedJohn wound up getting bit on the head by the bear before running into his home (Lori N John Swartz / Facebook)
Moment man is mauled by bear that sneaked into home - while pet cats watchedHe was rushed to the Geisinger Medical Center where he received a tetanus shot and treatment for the bite mark (Lori N John Swartz / Facebook)

The patriarch was rushed to the Geisinger Medical Center where he received a tetanus shot and treatment for the bite mark. Back at the scene, a Pennsylvania Game Commission officer set up a bear trap filled with donuts and sugary syrup in a bid to attract the bear. They are still trying to capture the bear.

“It’s very understandable as to why it did what it did. I surprised and it surprised me. It had one way out and it was through me," Swartz said.

While their curious feline pals did stick around to see what all the fuss was about, the couple did share that they don't intend to force them inside as they haven't had issues in the past. They will, however, be overly cautious now when going outside.

Bears have been having more interactions with humans, especially during the hotter months when they search for cool areas and food sources.

Matthew Wright

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