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North Carolina family wakes to find bear stealing candy in kitchen

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Ben Hooper
A bear feasts on a bag of Hershey's Kisses in a North Carolina family's kitchen. Screenshot: Ben S/YouTube
A bear feasts on a bag of Hershey's Kisses in a North Carolina family's kitchen. Screenshot: Ben S/YouTube

ASHEVILLE, N.C., May 3 (UPI) -- A North Carolina family said they awoke to strange noises and discovered a black bear eating a bag of Hershey's Kisses in their kitchen.

Ashley Snyder said she was home with her husband, Benjamin, and their young children when she awoke about 5 a.m. Friday to crinkling sounds coming from the kitchen of their Buncombe County home.

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Snyder's husband, Benjamin, woke up and shot video of the bear while coaxing it to leave the house.

Benjamin Snyder joked posting his video to YouTube that the bear was a "new pet."

Ashley Snyder said the bear may have gotten into the home through the back door, which she said was left unlocked with the screen open.

"I feel grateful that I have such a brave and intelligent man to keep us safe by knowing exactly how to handle this ridiculous situation," Snyder told WLOS-TV.

Firefighters in Colorado were faced with a similar situation when they were called to an Avon apartment building about 4:45 a.m. Saturday on a report of a bear in a second-floor living room. They arrived to find the bear raiding the refrigerator and were able to convince the animal to exit the domicile.

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