CCTV footage captures the bear in the act of stealing the reindeer Christmas decorations. | EJ Levin via Storyful
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- A Florida black bear was caught on camera attacking a family's Christmas decorations.
- It tipped over two reindeer displays and walked away with one of them.
- Bears were once a Threatened species in the US state but have since rebounded due to conservation efforts .
Bears continue to take advantage of the festivities in Florida as just weeks after one was filmed eating Halloween candies in Seminole County, another black bear is in the news—this time for stealing a Longwood family’s Christmas decorations.
Edgar Levin’s home security video, obtained by Fox 35 Orlando, captures the moment a bear knocked over two reindeer decorations that were up since Black Friday before taking off with one.
"It's like they're all there, next thing you know, the camera turns on, the bear comes in and paws it down," the homeowner recalled.
Levin said it was around dinnertime when his wife brought the events unfolding outside their home to his attention.
The family then reviewed their Ring camera footage and saw the bear walking up to the light-up reindeer decorations, toppling two of them down and dragging one out of the field of view.
However, it didn’t get far as Levin said he found the stolen baby reindeer just a few yards from the crime scene at the end of his home’s driveway.
The Christmas decor was reinstalled in the front yard, this time using bigger sticks so that it doesn’t happen again.
The reindeer calf endured a few blemishes that chronicle the tale of the mischievous bear, whose act has now become a classic Holiday memory for the Levin family.
"The kids love it!,” the father said. “As soon as I showed them, they were like, 'Oh my god! It's so great! They just go crazy with it.”
It comes a little over a month after another bear was caught feasting on Halloween candies in the Floridian county.
The Florida black bear is a subspecies of the American black bear and the only ursine species found in the state. It was classified as Threatened by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in 1974 but is no longer considered a conservation concern.