Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Bear Facts

Black bears aren't always black, but they all eat up to 20,000 calories a day. Wildlife officials urge people in bear country to be careful and keep food away from bears.This story is from the Vail Daily. This is my condo complex.


Black bears aren't always black, but they all eat up to 20,000 calories a day. Wildlife officials urge people in bear country to be careful and keep food away from bears. 

Black bears aren't always black, but they all eat up to 20,000 calories a day. Wildlife officials urge people in bear country to be careful and keep food away from bears.

EDWARDS, Colorado — Andy Wallace spent a few minutes Monday morning not at the top of the food chain in his own kitchen.

Wallace was working at his kitchen table with his laptop open and his cell phone beside it, when he dashed upstairs for a few moments.

He was alone at his home at The Reserve when he headed up the stairs, but not when he came back down.

“I heard a noise in the kitchen and thought one of the kids had come back,” Wallace said.

He walked to the top of the stairs and came to a quick realization: Unless the child had tripled in size and grown fur from head to foot, Wallace was looking at a black bear in his kitchen, not his beloved offspring.

“It opened our screen door and came in,” Wallace said. “It's a little weird to walk downstairs looking for a kid and see a black bear.”

They don't have a home phone, only cell phones, and his was on the kitchen table uncomfortably close to the bear. There was no way to call for help, so he just waited.

“We had some muffins on the counter and that's what I think it was after,” Wallace said. “Bears eat things like fruits and other foods. They're not after us. They're after muffins.”

Still, they were Paradise Bakery muffins, almost worth fighting for. But the bear was about waist height, about 175-200 pounds.

“Big enough to scare me,” Wallace said.

Wallace stood at the top of the stairs and watched, finally easing down the steps. The startled bear made a circuit through the kitchen and left through the door from whence it came. It did not eat the muffins.

Meanwhile, the watch dog was watching the inside of her eyelids.

“The dog was asleep on the couch the whole time. Once she woke up, 30 minutes later, and smelled that something had been in the house she went crazy. Of course, it's too late to do anything about it then,” Wallace said.

People were out and about, working in their yards and wandering the neighborhood.

He was just cruising around the neighborhood. He wasn't overly concerned about anything.

They've had bears in the yard and the garage, but this was a first.

“I guess we'll have to keep the muffins off the counter, or eat them faster,” Wallace said

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