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Bear walks off with 50-pound bag of seeds

May 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM   |   Comments

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MERRILL, Wis., May 16 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin homeowner said a bear was able to break through a garage window and walk off with a 50-pound bag of sunflower seeds without puncturing the bag.

Randy Murray of Lincoln County said he discovered a garage window was broken last week and further investigation revealed his large bag of sunflower seeds was missing, WAOW-TV, Wausau, reported Wednesday.

"Must have been a crack in one of the windows," Murray said. "Put his paw in and pulled everything out. Knocked everything down on the inside."

Local authorities agreed the culprit was likely a bear.

"It was pretty obvious that it was a bear," Lincoln County Sheriff's Department Deputy Mike Sundquist said. "The claw marks were pretty obviously a bear. There appeared to be sharp indentations into the wooden window sill with long scratches behind them."

Murray said the bear appears to have returned at least one more time and trashed the garage when it was unable to find anymore food.

"How it dragged a 50 pound bag of sunflower seed out of its container over a table, through a window and not break it open, I have no idea," Murray said. "Still haven't found the bag."

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