Black bear enters Montana home & takes nap in closet, sheriff’s department says

MISSOULA, Mt. — A family in Montana woke up Friday morning to an unexpected guest in their home.

According to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the home just before 6 a.m. for reports of a black bear stuck inside.

When deputies arrived they discovered the bear had opened the mudroom door, entered the residence and somehow managed to lock the deadbolt from inside.

After being unable to leave, authorities report, the bear began ripping the room apart before climbing up into the closet for a nap.

Deputies then knocked on the mudroom window, however the bear was unimpressed. He responded by slowly stretching, yawning and unamusingly looking toward the door.

Eventually, deputies were able to unlock the door.  Authorities reportedly hoped the bear would hop down from the shelf he was on and leave.

However, the bear merely just yawned some more.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks arrived on scene to assist.  Wildlife officials tranquilized the bear so he could be relocated.

The sheriff’s office said the homeowners were happy the bear was able to be removed in good health.

More black bear sightings, here.

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