The bear broke into the shop seven times through the front door to steal candy and barely left a mess
This bear is definitely smarter than the average bear and quite possibly smarter than the average burglar.
Early one July morning, the Colorado animal opened the front door to an Estes Park candy store, stole some treats and walked out. The store's surveillance camera caught it all on film.
The bear took the treats outside, ate them and then repeated his actions. According to The Associated Press, he made seven trips into the store in about 15 minutes and finally left after a passing car scared him away. At least he was nice enough to not make a mess inside the shop. Store owner Jo Adams said the bear could open the door to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory shop because the deadbolt wasn't completely secured.
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"He was very clean and very careful. He ate a lot of candy," said Adams in an AP article.
He apparently ate English toffee and chocolate-chip cookies dipped in caramel and milk chocolate that are appropriately named 'cookie bears'. The cheeky fella didn't even break anything.
At least this bear was just after candy. A mother bear and her three cubs broke into a Norwegian cabin this week and reportedly drank more than 100 beers.
With these sly moves, the bear could definitely teach some people a lesson about stealing. One wannabe burglar in Massachusetts got his head wedged under a garage door for nine hours after trying to rob a Rent-A-Center. And a Pennsylvania burglary suspect broke into a Subway restaurant and stole several bags of snacks. Officers followed the trail of chip bags to find the suspect.
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Keeping garbage and food out of the paws of bears is an ongoing struggle in mountain towns of Canada and the U.S. Many places have special levers on garbage cans — that even fool some tourists — so bears can't get in.
Jennifer Churchill of Colorado Parks and Wildlife told AP the drought is forcing the smart creatures to be even more resourceful. When they have success with finding food in unconventional ways they will return for more and may have to be put down.