Small bear makes big mess in Ketchikan grocery store

PRODUCE: Manager says bruin likely was just trying to hide.

Associated PressOctober 18, 2011 

Screengrab from the Ketchikan baby bear in the supermarket.

A bear walks into a grocery store. While that may sound like the start of joke, it's what really happened Saturday in Ketchikan.

The Ketchikan Daily News and KRBD radio reported a small black bear cub walked in the front door of Tatsuda's IGA. The scared animal found its way to a produce cooler, where it made a mess.

Meat department manager Joe Stollar filmed the bear's capture. He said the little bear was just trying to hide.

A customer captured the bear and let it loose from the store's back door onto a trail leading to the woods. Authorities suspect it was an orphaned bear since its mother wasn't seen nearby.

Several thousand dollars of ruined produce was donated to a livestock owner.

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