3 Hungry Bears Broke Into A Colorado Pizza Parlor For A Midnight Snack

3 Hungry Bears Broke Into a Colorado Pizza Shop for a Midnight Snack

This pizza is just right: a family of hungry black bears broke into a Colorado pizza shop in search of food before going into hibernation this winter.

The owners of Antonio's Real New York Pizza in Estes Park outside of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado got a rude surprise when they discovered a that a family of hungry black bears broke into the shop for a midnight snack the previous evening.

A mother bear and two cubs entered the shop after ripping the drive-through window out and then climbing through the resulting hole in the wall. They then trashed the pizza parlor while helping themselves to all the salami and pizza dough they could find.

The shop's security camera caught the escapades of the three hungry bears on video.

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Incidents like this aren't common, but they aren't exactly rare either. Black bears live in close proximity to human beings all over North America and quite often associate people with food. When that happens, bears often cause trouble by getting into trash cans or even breaking into cars in search of food. This sort of behavior only intensifies as they try to pack on the pounds before going into hibernation for the winter.

In areas like Estes Park where bears are a common sight, residents are even more careful about removing easy to access food sources and using bear resistant trash cans and dumpsters. While that is good for a number of reasons, it can sometimes have the unintended result of increasing the likelihood of bears doing things like breaking into homes and businesses looking for food.

The owners of this pizza shop are asking police not to kill the bears responsible. In a post on the businesses' Facebook page the owners state state:

"Every dumpster in town is now bear proof which leaves only our homes, cars and businesses. The bears ripped a window out of the wall at our drive thru on Moraine Ave! While I don't advocate feeding wildlife in any way, I believe it would have been much better to have left the old dumpster tops in place because they wouldn't become desperate enough to break into houses or businesses and the damage in dollars would be much lower. We've now forced the bears' paws to break into homes and businesses."

This is just another reason why you shouldn't feed wildlife. So, lock your car doors, keep your trash cans in your garage, and do your best to secure your homes and businesses to keep wildlife out. It's good for you and good for them.

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