WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The wild outdoors came a little too close to home for a man in Connecticut, who recorded video of a bear that broke into his home.
The video, shared on Facebook by Christine Vannie and Bill Priest, the homeowners, shows a large bear standing in the hallway of a home. While Priest repeatedly yells at the bear to “Go!” and “Get out!” the animal slowly makes its way out the door.
Priest told WVIT that he had been working outside when he came in and found the bear, which did not want to leave. Priest said he was angry that the bear was inside, and just wanted to get it out.
“I mean, I don’t care, run around the yard all you want, but now you’ve crossed the line,” Priest told WVIT.
The bear, once inside, had helped itself to some food in the kitchen. Among the snacks was a bag of marshmallows, WFSB reported.
“He was on the floor chowing down after finding things on the counter,” Priest told WTNH.
This was the second time that the bear broke into the family’s home. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection told CT Insider that Priest had reported the bear breaking into his West Hartford home on July 25. At that point, officials advised Priest to make sure that he keep his doors closed. The bear then returned less than a week later, on July 31.
“I came in through that door and I got to do the doorway and he was right there,” Priest told WFSB. “When he saw me he ran over there. He did startle me, that was probably the one time I was scared.”
DEEP set up a trap using leftover donuts to try to catch the bear, WFSB reported.
The DEEP website says that black bears are generally shy and rarely aggressive toward humans. Officials said anyone who sees a black bear should stay away and advertise their presence by shouting and waving their arms.
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