One West Hartford homeowner had a close encounter with a bear after the animal got into their home on Friday morning.
The 300-to-400 pound bear entered the home at 110 High Wood Rd. through a rear sliding screen door around 10 a.m. West Hartford Police Captain Jeffrey Rose said the animal "tore the bottom part of the screen off."
"We're not cooking, so I have no idea what caused it to come into the house," Jeff Grody, who owns the home, said
Grody, who was in the kitchen, said he heard noises.
"When I went to look, there was a bear in the next room in the den," Grody said.
Grody said he left his home and called police. While waiting for the officers' arrival, the bear ran away.
Police determined that the bear entered and exited the home through the same rear sliding screen door.
"The bear did drink the nectar from a hummingbird feeder in the back yard," Rose said.
Besides a bent bird feeder and a slider screen ripped from its frame, Rose said there was "no other damage to the house."
"To everyone's knowledge, did not eat any food or sleep in anyone's bed," Rose said.
Grody said he took pictures just a few months ago after seeing a black bear in his yard a few times. It wasn't tagged. Grody saidhe thinks this is likely the same one that broke in on Friday.
"This is probably the fifth or sixth time we've had a bear in our yard," Grody said. "It was big."
A neighbor saw the bear take off across the street. While Grody may have been caught off guard, he said he's able to laugh about it now.
"Other than that, I'm not worried about hearts," Grody said. "They're harmless in Connecticut, if you don't provoke them."
There were no injuries reported to police.
Remember if you see a black bear, authorities said make sure to not approach it, walk away slowly and get somewhere safe. To learn more about how to deal with bears, click here.
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