Apparently bears love Kentucky Fried Chicken!
As we get into the later stages of fall, many bears across the country are making their final preparations for hibernation by chowing down on anything and everything they can find to add just a little extra fat prior to their long slumber. In some areas, the bears will do whatever it takes to get a little bit of extra nourishment, as one California man found out.
ABC 7 News reports Sierra Madre's John Holden returned to his home recently only to find a large black bear just outside his home and another that brazenly went into his house. Holden found the bruin sitting on his kitchen counter enjoying a snack. It was not just any snack either, it was a full-size bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The big bear scarfed down the whole bucket before Holden was able to scare the bear back out into the yard by making some loud noises. He told reporters about the unique encounter, and you can hear his reaction in the video below.
While Holden has routinely encountered bears near his home, the break-in was an unexpected and unwanted new intrusion. He suspects the smell of the KFC bucket is what lured the bruin into the house in the first place. I mean, who wouldn't be lured in by that smell?
"I've had a lot of other encounters with them," Holden told the news station. "I've actually had them bump into me a couple times in the backyard, but definitely never in the house like that. That was something else and they sure made a mess of the place."
Apparently the two bruins did an excellent job of stuffing their faces because they decided to hang out in Holden's yard after the theft, apparently too stuffed full to move. This incident is a good reminder to always make sure your doors and windows are securely locked if you live in bear country. If a bruin is hungry enough, not much is going to stop it from coming inside for a snack!
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