The 550-pound bear that was found hiding out in a New Jersey basement had been living there for weeks.

CBS2’s Kathryn Brown spoke to the bear’s “landlord” on Thursday.

Frank Annacone, 85, never imagined that a bear would move in with him.

“I could have ended up lunch for that big guy,” he said, still expressing disbelief.

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The bear was eventually caught, tagged, and released back onto state property. In the future Annacone said that he’ll be locking his basement door.