Ring Camera Footage Shows Bear Attacking Inflatable Rudolph Yard Decoration

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The homeowner said Rudolph couldn't be saved

An inflatable Rudolph didn’t stand a chance against a curious black bear’s sharp claws.

Dave Lester shared Ring camera footage to Facebook of a bear attacking his Rudolph inflatable in the front yard of his South Lake Tahoe home.

He said the vicious bear attack occurred Saturday morning, November 26, and by the time he discovered the deflated victim, there was nothing he could do.

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"Sad news," Lester wrote on Facebook, adding, "Woke up this morning to Rudolph laying on the ground unresponsive. No amount of CPR or duct tape could revive him."

But things could have been worse. Fortunately, Lester’s remaining cast of inflatable Christmas characters and decor were left untouched by the attacker.

Lester told KTVU that bears frequent his property, especially on trash day when the cans have been put out for pickup.

"They have a little route they use where they walk right in front of the houses," Lester said. 

Rudolph has had previous bear encounters, but Lester said until now it never got physical. 

"There were a couple stare downs last year, but for some reason he just figured he was going to make a meal out of Rudolph," he said.

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