'Like the Kool-Aid Man': Bear leaves big hole in Estes Park home

 Photo: Estes Park Police Dept.
Photo: Estes Park Police Dept. (KKTV)
Published: Aug. 11, 2019 at 11:38 AM MDT
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"OH YEAH!" A Colorado bear made off like the Kool-Aid Man after breaking into a home Friday night.

"Last night, a bear entered a residence near the area of Fall River Road," the Estes Park Police Department wrote on their Facebook page. "The bear seemed to have been attracted to the scent of refuse. Upon officer's arrival, said bear forcibly breached a hole in the wall like the 'Kool-Aid Man' and made its escape."

All jokes aside, state wildlife officials remind the public that these bear encounters are no laughing matter.

"For your safety, and the lives of these bears, PLEASE close and lock ALL windows and doors to your house and vehicles," Colorado Park and Wildlife said in a message shared by the Estes Park Police Department. "Make it a routine to check everything is closed up before you go to bed or leave the house to do errands.

"Some of these vehicles were clean of any attractants (not even a crumb), and multiple cars in the same area. This shows that some individual bears are so habituated to receiving food from vehicles that some are going car to car seeing if they are unlocked, even if they don’t see or smell food.

"Please do your part to keep bears wild. Bears are extremely smart, which means we all have to be too. Sometimes it’s literally as easy as a push of a button or flick of a lock."

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Those include:

Physical deterrants

Parks and Wildlife says deterrents can be great way to keep bears away from areas where they have learned there are people. We all live with wildlife, but you want to encourage exploring bears to move on and find a different food source. CPW recommends electronic deterrents like flashing lights, noise makers, alarsm, even sprinkler systems. You can even leave on a radio to make it sound like someone is there or use a scent deterrent. Try using bleach or ammonia-based cleaners on your trash cans.

Unwelcome mats

Unwelcome mats can be very effective at keeping bears away, according to CPW. They are usually made of plywood and have small nails pointing up. CPOW says they can be placed in front of bear-accessible doors and windows.

Locking your doors

CPW recommends keeping all bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked. That includes your home, garage, and car doors. Also, don't leave any trash, food, coolers, air fresheners or anything that smells in your vehicle.