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John Brown, who lives at the King Hendrick Motel in Lake George, called on Monday to say that, when he went out early Sunday morning with his dog for their daily walk, they startled a big bear. 

The bear was rummaging around among garbage cans, Brown said, and had knocked one over. At first, Brown saw just the can, lying on its side, but then the bear stood up on its hind legs. It was about 5:20 a.m. and dark, but the bear looked about 7 feet tall standing up, he said.

His dog, a 95-pound pit bull named Cooper, who is "super-friendly" and is his "constant companion," spotted the bear and charged at it. The bear dropped back down to all fours and ran into the woods, Brown said, moving fast. 

Brown moved to this area from Florida about five years ago and said he had never seen a bear in the wild before. When he saw this one, it was only a few feet away from him.

"I froze up," he said. "It was like a cheap horror movie."

He expressed awe at how big and how fast the bear was and gratitude he had his dog with him. 

"I don't go anywhere without him," he said.

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