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Sleeping black bear found in Missoula area home

Posted at 1:30 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 16:56:47-04
Courtesy: Missoula County Sheriff’s Office

MISSOULA: A Missoula area family woke up to an unexpected, furry intruder Friday morning.

The Missoula County Sheriff deputies responded to a call up Butler Creek in Missoula just before 6:00 a.m. for a black bear stuck inside a home.

When deputies arrived, they discovered the black bear had somehow opened the door to the mudroom of the residence and somehow managed to deadbolt the door from inside. After being unable to leave, the bear began ripping the room apart but then decided he was tired and climbed up into the closet for a nap.

In a social media post, Missoula County Sheriff officials say when deputies knocked on the window, the bear was not the least bit impressed. He slowly stretched, yawned and, no amused, looked toward the door. Eventually, deputies were able to unlock the door in hopes he would hop down and leave. However, their attempts were only met with more big bear yawns.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks assisted and tranquilized the bear. FWP relocated the bear. The homeowners were glad he was removed in good health, but won’t soon forget when this intruder came looking for the bear necessities!

-Melissa Rafferty reporting for MTN