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Woman finds black bear in her Anchorage home over weekend

Alaska Dispatch

KTUU reports that late Saturday morning, Anchorage police received a call from a woman that her home had been broken into -- by a black bear. The woman had locked herself and her dogs on the third floor of her home, located on the 6600 block of Rockridge Drive on Anchorage’s Upper Hillside, after discovering that the bear had wandered inside.

Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Anita Shell told KTUU on Saturday, “She was in an area of the house where she couldn’t really hear the bear entering the home.  But when she discovered that it was there, she quickly gathered up the animals and was able to get in a safe room.”

Finding a black bear in one’s home is certainly frightening, but it's already the second time this month that a bear has been spotted indoors; earlier in June a black bear was seen inside an Anchorage high school. “Because we are leaving doors open, windows open when it’s warm out.  And certainly if you’re cooking and you live in an area where there’s a lot of bears, that would bring them out,”  Shell told KTUU.

By the time police arrived, the bear had made its escape through a stain-glass door which it forced open. No injuries were sustained during the incident.

Read more, at KTUU.