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French bulldog chases bears away from California home

By Ben Hooper
French bulldog chases bears away from California home
A French bulldog named Jules chases a pair of bears away from her family's Monrovia, Calif., home. Ferns channel/YouTube video screenshot

MONROVIA, Calif., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A California homeowner's security cameras were rolling when his 20-pound French bulldog chased a trio of bears off the family's property.

David Hernandez, whose Monrovia home is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, shared security camera footage of his French bulldog, Jules, intimidating two 100-pound yearling bears while their mother watched from off-camera.

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The first video posted to YouTube shows Jules barking and snapping at the bears and chasing one of them over a fence surrounding the family's home. A second video from another perspective shows a bear colliding with a porch swing while fleeing from the canine.

"She wasn't having it, you're not coming in to her property," Hernandez told CBS Los Angeles. "She blew me away, couldn't believe that she turned into a wolverine."

Hernandez said he has taken bear safety steps at his home including boarding up his daughter's bedroom window, but some neighbors continue to encourage the visits by putting food out for the animals.

"It is a crime, you can do jail time if you're caught doing it. Some of my neighbors give them dog food in 25-pound bags," Hernandez said, "There's one lady in the neighborhood who actually makes them meatloaf."

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