We’ve seen this story before. Grizzly and black bears are common in Idaho’s panhandle, or at least to the point where they sometimes break into homes while looking for a snack. In a case from several years ago near Sandpoint, bears raided a refrigerator, drank all the homeowner’s Pepsi, and then left deposits on the carpet. These encounters are worse if you’re at home at the time. In a recent YouTube video, a bear scales the siding of a house and enters through a second-story window. There were people inside! None were hurt.
A fellow on the California side of Lake Tahoe recently had an intruder. A large bear managed to get through a window and raid a pantry. The guy was lucky he was away. He was out on a boat and discovered a mess when he got home. Security cameras provided a quick answer as to the culprit.
Yogi may look cuddly but I wouldn’t want to tangle with him. A friend of mine lived in New York’s Adirondack Range. Bears had climbed to the second-floor deck and attempted to pry away the casing around sliding glass doors. They didn’t succeed, but there were some impressive claw marks left behind. And those are smaller bears!
A bear can smell food inside a can. You need to make sure your house is bear-proof and find ways to eliminate food odors. Not always easy. My daughter dropped some marshmallows into a campfire when she was a little girl. The next morning a bear was sorting through the ashes. Luckily, we were locked in a cabin.