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Strange rumbling noises in California home turn out to be 5 bears hibernating in crawl space

Last week, some California residents finally discovered the source of the strange rumbling and humming noises in their home – a mother bear and her four cubs were hibernating below the South Lake Tahoe home.

The BEAR League, a Lake Tahoe bear rescue organization, said this mother black bear had three cubs herself – and adopted one more – and so “had four active, chubby little bears following her in late 2021 when the family began searching for a hibernation den.

“When it came time to go to sleep for the winter, she found a house with an unsecured crawl space opening and got all the kids inside and told them to shut up and go. sleeping,” the BEAR League wrote in a Facebook post in April. 19 announcing the eviction of the bear family earlier today.

“It was a house people lived in and they thought they heard some weird rumbling, snoring-like noises, but they ignored it because it just didn’t make sense…and the neighbors said that They imagined it because they couldn’t hear anything.”

“We uninvited Mama Bear, not knowing there were four other bears under the house,” BEAR wrote. “It was quite a scene to then see the four year-old cubs emerge from the opening and meet on the other side of the fence to venture into 2022.”

They “suddenly ran out and across the fence to where mom was calling them while we stood there in disbelief…and we didn’t turn on the camera until they were all gone. Damn it,” BEAR wrote in a comment on Facebook.

After the story made national headlines, the bear group added, “I hope this helps encourage people to secure their crawl space openings.”

The BEAR League says it’s common for black bears, which have a healthy population level in the Lake Tahoe area, to seek out unsecured crawl spaces for winter hibernation.

Bear encounters in resort communities along the shores of the Alpine Lake are common.

Last summer, a mother and her three cubs rushed to a beach where humans and at least two geese were frolicking in waves.

An extremely large bear nicknamed “Hank the Tank” was sought by California authorities, who accused him in February of becoming “extremely habituated to food” and using “his immense size and strength to penetrate and through front doors and garage doors”.

DNA evidence later exonerated Hank the Tank from a death sentence, NBC News reported, after at least two other bears were genetically implicated in the series of break-ins.

In 2020, a bear walked into a Lake Tahoe area Safeway and browsed the produce section.

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