Whoa! Bear Smashes GIANT Hole in House to Escape from Police
If you started humming the Cops theme song when you read this title, you’re not alone. A Colorado bear was able to escape police custody this week after he smashed a hole through a wall, Kool-Aid-Man style.
Perhaps the bear had a warrant out for his arrest or back tickets that he hadn’t paid yet. No matter why he ran, police are concerned not only for the homeowners but for the bear’s safety.
Why The Bear Came Inside
Police assume that the bear smelled food or garbage, and was drawn to the scent. Bears spend a lot of their waking time eating, as a significant portion of the winter is spent with their metabolism slowed to get through the cold. A bear’s goal in the summer is to put on as much weight as possible.
There are no reports as to how the bear got inside in the first place, but it seems the homeowners may have left a door ajar or unlocked. A black bear is incredibly smart, and can easily take advantage of a situation.
When the bear realized he had been caught by the police, he turned and rammed himself into the wall, going through it and making a bear-sized space.
Thousands of Bears Every Year
As cities in Colorado and other previously wild areas expand, they are seeing more and more animal activity. Bears are drawn to the smell of food and garbage, a natural byproduct of an increased population.
This bear, in particular, was from Estes Park, a city in Colorado that is at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Estes Park is about an hour and a half northwest of Denver.
Black Bears Less Dangerous
A black bear is significantly less dangerous than a brown bear, who would have probably charged the officers instead of fleeing. Brown bears are more commonly known as the grizzly bear.
A male black bear has shorter claws than its grizzly cousins and only gets to be between 130–550lbs. A female of the same species is unlikely to weigh more than 375lbs.
Grizzly bears, on the other hand, can reach upwards of 1,200lbs, though their averages are much lower. Grizzly bears have the most variety in both size and coloring, though not all grizzlies are actually ‘grizzled’, and not all black bears are pure black.
Either way, the Estes Police department asks all residents to make sure their doors and windows are locked this summer, as they do not wish to have another confrontation with a bear on the run.