Surprise! Bear Rings Doorbell, Stuns Homeowner

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RAVENNA, Ohio -- Dan Lintz, of Ravenna, says he got home from church Sunday when he heard the doorbell ring.

"I heard it a couple times," laughed Lintz.

But on the other side of the door was an almost 300-pound black bear.

"I'm thinking, 'Good Lord. Did the bear eat the person ringing the doorbell?' " said Lintz.

Lintz says the bear rang his doorbell several times.

"I bet he was standing up and caught it with his paw. There are some scratches on the door. They could be bear scratches; I never recognized them before," added Lintz.

This latest black bear sighting is one of several of the past couple weeks in Portage County.

Officials say the bear does not pose a threat, but people should not approach it.

"I was only five or six feet away from it," said Lintz.

So close, he was able to capture home video.

"The bear started eating the flowers, and I got little irritated. So, I told him, 'Stop eating them,' and then he went over the fountain and took a drink, like he was washing them down," said Lintz.

Then, the bear went into the woods and fell down a hill.

"I wasn't scared. I could have probably taken him down. Double leg take-down.  Maybe a grape-vine, throw a fireman's carry on him. But if he had put me in a bear hug, I'd be in some deep trouble," laughed Lintz.

*Click here to read more about black bears sightings in Northeast Ohio.

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