COLORADO – A black bear broke into a house in Colorado and then escaped by smashing through a wall.
Colorado police said the incident happened on Friday evening when the house was vacant.
The smell of rubbish probably attracted the bear, Estes Park police said.
“Upon officer’s arrival, said bear forcibly breached a hole in the wall like the ‘Kool-Aid Man’ and made its escape,” the police department wrote on Facebook.
The mascot for the soft drink Kool-Aid is typically featured in adverts smashing through walls.
The Estes Park police Facebook post read: “Last night a bear entered a residence near the area of Fall River Road.
“The bear seemed to have been attracted to the scent of refuse. Upon officer’s arrival, said bear forcibly breached a hole in the wall like the ‘Kool-Aid Man’ and made its escape.”
And the police then put out a message by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife:
“For your safety, and the lives of these bears, PLEASE close and lock ALL windows and doors to your house and vehicles. Make it a routine to check everything is closed up before you go to bed or leave the house to do errands.
“Some of these vehicles were clean of any attractants (not even a crumb), and multiple cars in the same area. This shows that some individual bears are so habituated to receiving food from vehicles that some are going car to car seeing if they are unlocked, even if they don’t see or smell food.
“Please do your part to keep bears wild. Bears are extremely smart, which means we all have to be too. Sometimes it’s literally as easy as a push of a button or flick of a lock.
“Please report any human-bear conflicts to CPW. These reports help us wildlife officers do proactive patrols and identifying high conflict areas where officers can provide directed education to residents and visitors and help prevent bears from becoming habituated to human-derived food sources.”