Caught on camera: Small dog scares off 3 bears

(CNN) — Don’t let her sweet little face or size fool you. A 20-pound French Bulldog named “Jules” scared away three bears after coming face-to-face with them in her family’s California home. And it was all caught on camera.

On Friday, two bears believed to be about one-year-old each wandered into the family’s front yard. A third bear was on the balcony, just out of range of the camera. But Jules wasn’t having it. “You’re not coming in to her property,” said homeowner David Hernandez.

Jules didn’t care how many bears there were or how big they were. She chased them off.

In the video, one bear estimated at about 100 pounds, is seen scampering up the fence to get away from Jules.

“She blew me away, couldn’t believe that she turned into a wolverine,” Hernandez says. He says a wildfire a couple of years ago impacted the food source for wildlife, so animals now look for food in people’s yards. Hernandez says some neighbors encourage it by feeding the bears.

“It is a crime. You can do jail time if you’re caught doing it,” said Hernandez. “Some of my neighbors give them dog food in 25-pound bags. There’s one lady in the neighborhood that actually makes them meatloaf.”

While it might sound funny, Hernandez isn’t taking any chances with two young kids at home. His daughter’s bedroom window is boarded up to prevent bears from the sliding the glass open. He’s even installed cameras that can alert him to any activity in the home.

“There’s nothing more dangerous in a forest than a mother bear,” he said.

Jules was given a bath, a treat and a lot of kisses for her heroic act.

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