Florida man stages photo shoot in front of trash-eating bear

By Ben Hooper
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Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A Florida man whose trash was being raided by a bear invited a neighbor over for a family photo shoot in front of the feasting bruin.

Dustin Radney posted a series of photos and videos to Facebook showing the massive bear feasting on trash from the overturned bin outside of his Apopka home.


The photos include a shot of Radney posing with his son in front of the bear and a photo with some neighbors he invited to join in the fun.

"Just a bear hanging out in the neighborhood -- a 400 pound bear," Radney says in one of the videos.

"This is what's wrong with nature today -- They don't eat healthy," he says. "That's why they're so fat. They're obese."

"It was really entertaining," Radney told WKMG-TV. "He was just chilling and eating some trash, and after he was done eating the trash, he took about an hour nap."

Radney also photoshopped a picture of his young son riding on the bear -- an image that many concerned commenters confused for a real scene.


Radney said Orange County deputies were monitoring the bear and he and his neighbors kept a distance of at least 50 feet from the animal at all times.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said bears are currently stocking up on calories in preparation for winter.

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