Jody Flemming once worked as a ranger in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Social media followers of one fun-loving Asheville, North Carolina, DJ got a special treat when a wild black bear appeared at his back door during a livestreamed set.
According to The Dispatch, Jody Flemming was spinning discs when the bear appeared. Flemming was so into the music that a minute went by before he noticed the bear at his door.
In the video footage, which has now gone viral, the bear paces at the door and then stands on its hind legs and leans on the glass with its front paws.
“I just started playing and kind of got into the first track and I kept hearing this sound. I didn’t really know what it was,” Flemming told the Citizen Times.
“It was my neighbor in the street blowing their horn. That kind of alerted me that something was going on. And so I turned around — in the video it was really more backlit than it looks — and I just saw this figure. I thought it was maybe my neighbor coming to tell me my music was too loud. I got kind of halfway over and said, ‘Oh, there's a bear there.’”
In the video, you can see Flemming calmly walking to the door, then reaching for his phone to snap a photo before opening the door. But the neighbor’s car horn has scared the bear away. Flemming then turns back to his turntables and finishes his set.
Many people want to know why Flemming remained so calm when he discovered the bear at his door. Turns out, bear encounters are nothing new to Flemming. In fact, he once worked as a ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where bears are abundant. He also says bears frequent the area of his home near Warren Wilson College.
“I've had a lot of bear encounters in the Smokies. I helped out with tranquilizing and moving bears, so I'm kind of familiar with what they're like,” Flemming said.
“And, we get a bunch of bears over here,” he said. “This particular one has been coming around lately, and we kind of just keep our distance and say ‘Hi.’ ... I wish my neighbors hadn't blown the horn and it could have played out a little more. I was hoping the bear would come back.”
Flemming said his bear encounter occurred in October, but he didn’t post the footage on his social media outlets until January.
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.