This wasn't the first time this big black bear broke into Lanke Sykes and Carole Scofield's California home. In fact, they've had six incidents with this bear.
A home surveillance video captured the big bear breaking into their home in South Lake Tahoe on June 13. The bear entered through the kitchen window, then rummaged through food packages on the counter.
"I still couldn't understand how a 7-foot bear, 300 pounds, could fit through that (window)," Sykes said.
Lane, Carole and their friends had left the house for little more than an hour. But what happened next shocked them. A bear managed to get inside the house through a small window and helped itself to a free dinner.
"The doors were locked. We left the back window open, which is a small window; I have never thought a bear could get in that window,” Sykes said.
The bear climbed through the window several times to grab food while the residents were gone. When they returned home, a friend saw the bear in the kitchen.
According to Sykes and Scofield, the bear has made several trips to the house in search for food and this was the second time that the particular bear actually broke into their home. KOLO reports that last year it broke down the front door.
“We are very lucky. Both major break-ins, we were very lucky. I know a lot of people have not been. It has been very, very costly," Scofield said.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife says urban bears often get their food from garbage cans, but have expanded their food search further.
"Some point in the bear's life, they gained some type of food reward by breaking in a cabin or a home, so they remember that, so the behavior is likely to be repeated," said Lesa Johnston, California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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