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Dame Helen Mirren reveals she confronted a bear in her garden

The animal had wandered into her garden in Nevada.

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Dame Helen Mirren (Scott Garfitt/PA)

Dame Helen Mirren (Scott Garfitt/PA)

Dame Helen Mirren (Scott Garfitt/PA)

Dame Helen Mirren has said she confronted a bear in the garden of her US home.

The Oscar-winning actress, 74, said the black bear came onto her property to eat bird feed.

She told the WTF With Marc Maron podcast she drove it away from her newly-built home near Lake Tahoe in Nevada by shouting “bad bear”.

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“A great big black bear came by and stole my bird feed,” Dame Helen told the podcast.

“I went out and I said, ‘Bad bear, naughty bear, very naughty bear!’

“He sort of looked at me and lumbered off.”

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The Queen star said she learnt from a pamphlet what to do if you find yourself facing a bear “looking aggressively at you and hunching its back like it is about to charge”.

“They said you make yourself look as big as possible, if you can grab a stick, make yourself look big and then it literally said and then shout, ‘Bad bear, bad bear!'”

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