A fearless dog was offered the reward of a steak dinner by his neighbor after he was successful in chasing a bear from his backyard.
Mark Stinziano of Connecticut, USA, took to social media to share his home security video footage on Tuesday that captured a black bear raiding the bird feeder behind his house before his neighbor’s dog, Riley, rushes over to scare off the huge bear.
In a rather frightful encounter, the bear can be seen scrambling to escape the fearlessly charging pooch.
"My neighbor's dog is getting a steak dinner next time I see him. He is an awesome pup that comes to check on the kids from time to time. Now he is keeping them safe!" wrote Mr Stinziano while sharing the video online.
Riley’s proud owner, Alan Tlusty said the dog always charged at the bear whenever it was seen lurking in the backyard but never in this manner.
Black bears are often attracted by odors from potential food sources, according to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which urges residents not to leave out any food or garbage that may encourage them to linger in residential areas. The agency recommends suspending bird feeders from a free-hanging wire, making sure it is at least 10 feet off the ground and at least 10 feet away from the trunk of a tree. It also warns residents not to suspend feeders off of the house or deck.