They’ll be back, you can count on it — fed bears always return! — Bear invasions, Part II

  • [photo by Melody Vito]

    [photo by Melody Vito]

By Marcy Axness, TME

It was past midnight. Floyd and Pat Bolton were beat from four hours of cleaning up after a bear had entered and ransacked their Pine Mountain Club home on Wednesday, June 24 while they were away, at work.

PMC Patrol had come and gone, leaving them with some hints about what to do if the bear returned.

Bolton propped a piece of wood up into the gaping hole of their kitchen window, then barricaded it with…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

Photo captions:

Above: Tim Wheeler’s home, where the cinnamon bear smashed his glass slider door and left the same kind of Goldilocks mess strewn across the floor that the Boltons encountered at their home. Right, above and below: The black adolescent bear was on his way into the Pine Mountain Village Fire Station 58 last Thursday. He wriggled the pane free (above) and the screen (right). This wily young one has figured out how to get windows off their tracks without breaking them. New earthquake-code windows allow a bit of ‘rattle’ room, which may give the bear just enough of a grip.

This is the Boltons’ invader bear. It has hit many other homes in the past few weeks.

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