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article imageVideo: Family of black bears takes over news station weather set

By JohnThomas Didymus     Apr 24, 2012 in Environment
Scranton - A meteorologist about to deliver the 11.p.m. weather forecast on the outdoor set of his news station received unexpected visitors. A large black bear appeared on the outdoor weather set.
According to meteorologist Kurt Aaron, speaking after the bears were spotted on the outdoor set at WNEP-TV, Scranton, a local ABC affiliate in Pennsylvania: "I hear this sound and I turn around and the bear is literally 10 feet in front of me. And I ran like I stole something. I'm not going to lie."
Daddy bear was followed by mother bear, and then three cubs while the meteorologist fled indoors. The cameras continued filming the bears as they walked through the outdoor set designed to look like a forest. Aaron spoke to viewers from indoors. He said: "They walked right up on me. Black bears. Look how big mama bear is."
CBS reports Tom Mates, producer at WNEP-TV, said: “He (Kurt Aaron) catches something out of the corner of his eye, he looks over, sees bear cubs and then he looks over his shoulder and sure enough right behind them, near our set, was the mama bear. So, he took off with a bolt, ran inside. All we heard was a loud clatter and then all of a sudden he’s on air shouting that he had to run away from a bear.”
CBS reports Mates speculates on what might have attracted the bears to the set: “The person who does our landscaping here just put up new bird feeders, so you know they’re coming out of hibernation. Maybe they’re just hungry?”
Mates said that was not the first time they have had animal visitors at WNEP-TV. He said: “We’ve had raccoons and a porcupine before. We actually had a skunk invade our newsroom a month or so ago, coming into the backyard. But, this is the first time we’ve had bears.”
Yahoo! News reports Aaron finally gave the weather forecast off-camera while hiding behind a door at a safe distance from the bear family. He apologized to viewers: "No offense, but I don't want to be doing the weather with four bears."
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