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LIVONIA – A local kayaker had the paddle of a lifetime on Saturday when he decided to approach and paddle just feet away from a big black bear on Hemlock Lake on Saturday.
Matthew Garrity posted the short clip to Facebook late Saturday afternoon, and it has already been viewed more than 36,000 times.
“That was a BIG black bear,” posted Garrity in the comments. “Didn’t want to get any closer than that.”
Locals said that they might not have approached the bear so close.
“I would need to change my pants!” commented Jeremy McBride.
“Amazing!” commented Marybeth Howland Tonkery on the video. “I live in Livonia, near Hemlock lake and have friends that kayak there, yikes, good job staying calm.”
Hemlock Lake is no stranger to bears. Folks on the water have been photographing them swimming across for years, but hardly ever this close.
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