Real Bears Like Gummi Bears

For one bear, it wasn't so easy to take candy from a baby.

A black bear approaching a 2-year-old girl holding — get this — Gummi Bears ambled off when a neighbor with a handgun fired three shots to scare it away, police in northern Monroe County said.

Game Commission officials said the 150- to 200-pound bear wandered into a Coolbaugh Township development near state game lands on Wednesday, probably looking for food, and was attracted to the toddler's candy.

"He was acting in defense of the child," Game Commission spokesman Tim Conway said. "He was basically trying to scare the bear away. There is no violation there."

Police were dispatched at 2:14 p.m. Wednesday after receiving several calls of shots fired in the 6300 block of Ventnor Drive in A Pocono Country Place, a private residential community along Route 196. Police found a large group of children playing in a backyard and were told a bear had been in the area.

Police were told that a 2-year-old girl was holding candy in her hand when the bear approached her. The children started to scream.

Darmand was working in his backyard, heard the screams and looked over to see a bear near the toddler. Darmand went to his home, grabbed a handgun and ran back, police said.

The bear was still next to the girl, so Darmand fired a shot into the ground, police said. The bear walked away, but returned and again advanced on the girl, so Darmand fired another shot into the ground, police said.

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