Woman thought noises were from an intruder

Marion County — A woman snapped pictures of a mother bear and her cubs as they played right outside her door.

Charlene D. said that she was inside her home when she heard loud noises outside.

“At first I thought it was an intruder,” Charlene said.

However, the noises were not from an intruder at all.

Charlene said, “When I looked outside, I saw a mama bear and her two cubs playing in a shed that my husband and I are having removed. So, I quickly grabbed my camera and took a few pictures.”

Charlene said that she was not scared and enjoyed seeing the nature in her backyard.

“We recently moved from a congested city and purchased a home in Marion County. Our home backs up to the Ocala National Forest and I welcome the change of scenery,” Charlene said. She went on to say, “The bears were here first and this is their home. I am sure as long as I do not bother them there will not be any problems.”

She said, “The bears played for a while and then went about their business.”