October 2, 2009

Bears find grandma’s food is just right

A mother bear and one of her three cubs, apparently looking for food, repeatedly tried to enter a grandmother's Colorado home, the resident said.

Sally Rebehn of Vail, Colo., said the mother bear broke into her bedroom, but Rebehn fended it off with a decorative pillow, KMGH-TV, Denver reported.

The mother bear and the baby bear then entered the kitchen and enjoyed ice cream, chili and their favorite -- leftover barbecued chicken wings from Moe's Barbecue, Rebehn said.

The ice cream was too cold, the chili too spicy, but the Moe's barbecue was just right, she said -- borrowing the famous phrase from the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Rebehn lives with her son, Brian Hoyt, and his family. Hoyt was also startled by the bears, and called police, who shot the animals with pepper balls to get them out of the house.

The bears returned within a week, though, and the Colorado Division of Wildlife stepped in to trap and tranquilize them.

Finally, because the mother and one cub were aggressive toward humans and had entered homes, the DOW put them down. The other two cubs were relocated.

Once bears learn they can get food in homes, there's not a lot you can do to keep them from getting into homes. We have bears that have learned to open car doors and sliding glass doors, said DOW spokesman Randy Hampton.