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MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- An NBCCharlotte viewer shared photos of a bear taking a dip in Lake Norman Wednesday morning.

Mari says she saw the bear at her Lake Norman dock on Waddell Road.

The bear then jumped into the water, swam across the cove to a property on Pinnacle Shores Drive, jumped the fence and disappeared in the yard.

(Click here to view Mari's photos)

This isn't the first bear sighting this year. Black bears have been spotted in many areas locally, and officials say sightings are on the rise.

If you're able to safely snap photos of wildlife, be sure to share them with us! Just email them over to YourPics@WCNC.com

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