Family Comes Face To Face With Bear

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A Colorado Springs mother tells 11 News her daughter came face-to-face with a bear in their garage.

It happened on Sunday night near Woodmen Road and Dancing Horse Drive.

The bear came into the Lofblad's garage and tipped over the garbage can. That’s when their 7-year-old daughter came out of the house to grab her scooter. She was surprised to be within five feet of the bear. The mother says her daughter stayed calm and backed into house. This isn’t the first time the bear had been so close to their home.

"There have been a few sleepless nights, sometimes the kids go in my room, if we hear something in the house, we’re worried the bear could come in, you hear stories of bears coming in,” Madeline Lofblad said.

11 News talked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Sunday night. They plan to take a full report. It’s not clear if they will try to relocate the bear. They say bears will head into hibernation in mid-November. Wildlife experts say a bear’s appetite will increase dramatically, in fact, eating up to 20,000 calories every day. That’s the equivalent to 70 cheeseburgers.

The best thing to do to protect your family is to keep your garbage can inside your garage until the morning of pickup and keep the garage door shut. They also recommend cleaning out your BBQ grills and bird feeders.