Bear Takes Bath at Barranca Mesa Home

A bear took a dip in the Viswanathan family’s backyard pond. Photo by Hari Viswanathan

Staff Report

The Viswanathan family had an unexpected visitor to their yard recently a bear in search of a bath.

The bear happened by for a drink and a bath in the family pond between 9:30 and 10 p.m., Aug. 16 and was captured on a critter camera.

The Viswanathan’s yard has been a National Wildlife Federation certified backyard habitat since June 1995. Their son Hari Viswanathan built some small ponds in the yard for the birds to enjoy, while he was home for summer vacation during his college days. Now the family is rewarded by seeing bears, mountain lions, bobcats, deer, raccoons, foxes and coyotes.

“We installed the critter camera 15 months back and have real true life adventures of the wildlife of Los Alamos County right in our backyard and it is fascinating,” Selvi Viswanathan said.

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