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Picky (but hungry) bear ’helps’ Florida homeowner by wheeling full trash can back to house (VIDEO)

Staff Writer
Winter Haven News Chief
Winter Haven News Chief

MARY ESTHER -- A pair of Florida black bears helped a local family take out their trash, but not in a way that was particularly helpful.

Brett Longo had just left his home west of Hurlburt Monday afternoon when his alert system started pinging him that there was activity in his yard.

He tuned in to see a bear pushing his fully loaded trash can back up the driveway, before spilling it onto the lawn.

“It was full,” he said, laughing. “That bad boy was to the top.”

Standing on his hind legs, the bear in the video was a head taller than the top of the trash can. A second bear, briefly seen in the video, was not an accomplice.

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Longo shared the video with the Daily News.

“He was just bringing it up to the house,” he joked. “He was polite enough to move it out of the driveway.”

His wife had thrown out some homemade lasagna the night before, which was passed over in favor of an Arby’s beef and cheddar sandwich wrapper.

After he teased his wife about the bears not liking her recipe, he covered his tracks.

“It’s the best lasagna I’ve ever had,” he said. “Olive Garden better watch out.”

Although they live in a part of Okaloosa County that frequently logs bear complaints, he said he hasn’t had a lot of bear sightings.