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Black bear rests in Florida man's hammock

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (NBC) - After frightening families, during a walk through a Florida neighborhood, a black bear found a resting spot in a man's backyard hammock.

"He got in the hammock like he was a tourist or something," said Vincent James, the homeowner who found the bear in his yard. "Then something spooked him and he ran right back [through the woods]. Then half an hour later I come back and I saw there he is in the hammock again."

The bear has been spotted multiple times in the Pebble Creek neighborhood in Daytona Beach since Wednesday. Residents say he was looking for food, tearing through a bird feeder and then trash cans.

But once he finished his meal, he needed to recover.

"That's all he was doing relaxing I've never seen anything like it," said Rafael Torres, who also lives in the neighborhood. Torres took a some photos of the bear and he got the money shot.

As exciting was it was for the neighborhood, residents say they don't want the creature to come back. James has taken his hammock down. Others say they'll be more careful with their trash so this bear doesn't make their backyards his new favorite hangout.
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