WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A man was scared off a front porch in West Hartford by a bear earlier this week, and the whole thing was caught on camera.

According to homeowner Andrew Crumbie, a man visited his home near Orchard Road on Wednesday.

Crumbie said he didn't know who the man was.

Through his Nest doorbell camera, he was able to see him push the ringer.

What answered was not what either Crumbie or the man expected.

A black bear ran up from the right side of the home onto the porch.

It spooked the man enough to run back down the walkway.

The bear kept going over the porch and didn't give chase.

Crumbie posted video of the encounter on Facebook.

"Apparently I had a visitor (or two) while I was away today," he wrote. "Not sure who the guy was but it’s safe to say he won’t be visiting again."

In an interview on Friday, Crumbie said living between two reservoirs in West Hartford, black bears are a common sight, but never this close and never this scary.

"The bears are in the area often because I see them routinely. In this particular instance though, this bear was startled, possibly by the car as he was crossing the road and ran for safety. Unfortunately this guy was between the car and safety," Crumbie said.

Crumbie said he believes the man who was at his door was a contractor.

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Looks like the car coming around the corner might have saw the bear they slow down and probably scared the bear who ran right into the man on the porch, well you scared both your visitors away from your house might be a good thing. It is so funny to watch.

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