Bear wanders into Wyoming house, poops in living room

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   July 19, 2017 at 9:16 AM
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July 19 (UPI) -- A Wyoming man said he woke from a nap to discover a bear inside his home, and the animal "took two poops" before wandering away.

Max Breiter said he woke up from a nap Saturday afternoon at his home on Upper Cache Creek Drive in Jackson to the sound of his 10-pound dog, Rocky, yelping.

Breiter said he got up to take the dog outside, but he spotted a large animal in the kitchen that he initially mistook for a large dog.

"At first I thought it was a dog," Breiter told the Jackson Hole News & Guide, "but I started to wake up and realize it was a bear."

Breiter said he and the bear stared at each other for 8 to 10 seconds before he broke away and locked himself in a bathroom.

He said he called the seven other people who were inside the house at the time, and they also locked themselves inside rooms.

Breiter said the sound of yelling roommates and Rocky's barking apparently made the bear uncomfortable.

"The bear walked into the living room and took two poops on the floor," Breiter said, "and then it broke out of a screen window and proceeded to run down the hill."

Homeowner Sandy Hessler was in Montreal at the time of the incident, but was updated by her daughter and roommates.

"I'm not sure what to do because we have the windows open all the time," Hessler said. "The whole idea that we could be sleeping and a bear walks in, I've never thought about it."

Breiter said the Wyoming Fish and Game Department was informed of the incident, but officers decided not to try to track the bear. He said they told him they will take action if the bear returns to the home.

A Utah man reported a similar encounter earlier this month. Bob Anderson of Park City said he was eating a sandwich when he discovered a bear inside his home. He chased the bruin out through his garage, but the bear slipped back inside while he and authorities were searching for it outside.

The bear escaped a second time by jumping from a second-floor deck to a tree.

"We actually tracked it down into the foliage and then you can see clear off in the distance," Park City Police Sgt. Jay Randall said. "We tracked it beyond that point."

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