Watch a Wild Black Bear Turn Into the Perfect Gentleman and Close a Woman’s Front Door

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: August 30, 2023
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Key Points

  • When owner Susan Kehoe opens the door to find the coy black bear, you can quickly tell the two have previously formed a relationship.
  • “Close the door, sweetie,” Kehoe tells the bear as it walks off.
  • Surprisingly, the bear makes its way back to the door and uses its mouth to pull it closed.


There are countless videos online of animals doing the most peculiar things. You can watch a bear open a car door, a cat play the piano, or a lion cuddle alongside a person. Wildlife consistently leaves us in awe. Today, we’re looking at a precious black bear that goes from an apex predator to a classy gentleman in seconds. A snow-covered black bear appears on a woman’s doorstep, and it seems as though this isn’t the first time. 

Susan Kehoe is the homeowner in the video, who lives in Highland Lakes, New Jersey. She has a calm, soothing voice that is perfect for telling children’s stories… and apparently telling bears what to do! 

When she opens the door to find the coy black bear, you can quickly tell the two have previously formed a relationship. “Close the door, sweetie,” Kehoe tells the bear as it walks off. “No, no, no, hun. Close the door. Close the door,” she continues. 

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It is rare for a bear to approach a human.

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Surprisingly, the bear makes its way back to the door and uses its mouth to pull it closed. Kehoe could tell this wasn’t over. “You’re going to open it again, aren’t you?” she asks.

Within seconds, the door opens again, as if the animal could understand her. Seeing bears around these parts isn’t unusual. The strange part is how the bear interacts with a human.

“Close the door you little stinker,” she said.  You guessed it! The animal closes the door and goes on its way. 

Exceptional bear territory is mostly found in the counties of Sussex, Passaic, Warren, and Morris in New Jersey. Black bears are nevertheless extending their habitats both east and south as the bear numbers rise. 

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Kehoe claimed she felt confident in her ability to prevent the bear from turning hostile by taking the appropriate action.  The New Jersey resident says that a calm demeanor and tone of voice prevent the bear from becoming aggressive.

Now, before you go out into the woods speaking softly, know that we couldn’t find any evidence that a human’s tone of voice makes wild animals less aggressive. 

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Black bears may be adorable, but you should never approach one.

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Although a domestic dog may react if you suddenly shout, a wild animal won’t necessarily change its behavior. In actuality, black bears are not often hostile. Black bear attacks are quite uncommon. 

Typically, black bears avoid interacting with people because they are fearful of them. Male black bears can weigh up to 660 pounds! They have sharp teeth, and powerful claws, yet are more afraid of us than we are of them. 

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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