Often when somebody encounters a bear on their property, they’re inside a home looking at a bruin raiding a trash can or chicken feeder. Within the case of Invoice Priest and Christine Vannie, the alternative was true. The husband and spouse have been working of their West Hartford, Connecticut, entrance yard July 31 when Priest went inside to get a drink of water and located a big black bear in his kitchen, chowing down on marshmallows and peanut butter crackers.
“He had every little thing on the ground in there,” Priest informed Eyewitness 3 News. He recorded a video of himself attempting to shoo the bear out of the home, which Vannie posted on social media. “It took some convincing to get him to go away,” she wrote on Fb. “I share this as a result of most bears are shy and this one was not.”
The couple has had many encounters with bears within the 18 years they’ve lived in the home, together with some prior run-ins with this specific animal, who beforehand entered their storage—which Priest admits they often depart open when they’re house—and raided a fridge. However this house invasion raised the stakes. “I imply, I don’t care, run across the yard all you need,” Priest informed Eyewitness 3, “however now you’ve crossed the road.”
The couple contacted the Connecticut Division of Power and Environmental Safety (DEEP), which arrange a big culvert lure of their yard baited with Dunkin Donuts. DEEP’s plan is to lure and sedate the bear, accumulate a fur pattern, and pull a tooth to find out the animal’s age. As an alternative of relocating the bear, DEEP will launch it and haze it on the spot.
“We’ll depart him proper right here,” a DEEP official informed the native information web site We-Ha.com. “We’ll let him out proper right here and we’re going to make the expertise as dangerous as attainable.”
— We-Ha.Com (@WeHartford) August 1, 2022
They’ve their work reduce out for them: This specific bruin, Priest and Vannie have realized, is persistent. After Priest shooed the bear out of the home by means of the entrance door on Sunday, it went round again and tried to interrupt in there. It additionally returned early Monday morning and tried to interrupt in once more, jostling a set of French doorways.
“I used to be holding it, he was pushing,” Priest stated of double doorways, which have been locked however appeared susceptible to the bear’s power. He informed We-Ha.com that he leaned his weight in opposition to the doorways, hoping the bear wouldn’t get away the glass, and in a stern voice commanded the intruder to go away. Happily, it labored.
“He’s actually large,” Priest stated. “When he noticed me and I began yelling at him, he left.”