A bear in Caldwell County has been terrorizing a family for the past week north of Lenoir.
The homeowner became so frustrated he set up cameras that caught the large black bear on tape outside his home.
Chuck Larson is careful not to leave his house without some kind of protection. Since last Friday, a black bear has repeatedly visited his home looking for food.
"All night long. I would go out and make noise and it would disappear for five, 10 minutes and the return," Larson said.
Larson showed the damage to the family's chicken coop after the bear ripped it apart, dragging off seven of his birds. His children won't venture far from the front door.
"I'm like really scared sometimes because every noise I hear I think it is the bear," said daughter Rain Larson.
The family lives in a rural area of Caldwell County not far from the Pisgah National Forest. It is not unheard of for person to spot black bears here, but rarely one this aggressive.
"My kids are just terrified right now and we can't just walk out here without being armed," Chuck Larson said.
Wildlife officers said it is important not to leave food like bird feed, and trash outside that can attract bears. In most cases, the bears will move away if they can't find food. Larson, who has reinforced his chicken coup, is now looking at moving the birds away, hoping the bear will leave him and his family alone.