June 10, 2023

A sugar-craving bear wandered right into a bakery in Connecticut on Wednesday, scaring away the staff because it tucked into their cupcakes.

The bear accessed Style by Spellbound, the bakery based mostly in Avon, Connecticut, through a storage in the back of the shop, the place one of many staff was loading truffles right into a supply car.

The bear then ventured additional into the bakery’s storage, devouring over 60 cupcakes.

A publish shared by bakery proprietor Miriam Stephens on Instagram exhibits the destruction left by the hungry bear.

Within the caption, Stephens describes how the worker within the storage, Maureen, ran away from the bear when she noticed it within the storage.

“She bumped into the kitchen as quick as she might and slammed the door that goes into the loading space and held it tight. The bear then MOVED certainly one of our fridges in entrance of the door,” Stephens wrote.

“All of us have been surprised for a second making an attempt to determine what to do whereas she held the door shut. I instantly referred to as 911. Lisa then had an excellent thought to exit the entrance and get in her automotive to drive round again and he or she began beeping her horn like a loopy individual. She lastly obtained him out and Maureen ran to the storage to shut it as quick as she might.”

A file picture of a black bear consuming. A black bear in Connecticut broke right into a bakery and ate 60 cupcakes.

“The bear destroyed 60 cupcakes [and] a bunch of coconut cake.”

The bear was doubtless a black bear, as there are little to no grizzly bears in Connecticut. There are round 340,000 to 460,000 black bears throughout the U.S., with Connecticut being dwelling to about 1,000 to 1,200, in line with the Connecticut Division of Vitality and Environmental Safety (DEEP).

DEEP has recorded over 2,900 bear sightings for the reason that begin of 2023, and greater than 990 instances of human-bear battle.

Stephens informed native information CT Insider that bears had by no means gotten that near the bakery earlier than, however they’d been beforehand seen across the bakery’s out of doors trash space.

“There have been many situations over the previous three years being at this location that we have began to go exterior and actually must run again in as a result of there is a bear within the trash, and we all the time joked about one coming in,” she stated. “However that was a joke. Till yesterday…it determined to.”

The bear apparently made a “bluff cost” on the worker within the storage, a DEEP spokesperson informed CT Insider, which is when a bear makes themselves seem bigger and extra intimidating to scare away a risk.

black bear berries
A file picture of a black bear consuming berries. They like cake too.

Bears often solely eat berries and nuts within the wild, together with bugs and smaller animals, however the are drawn to human settlements by the scent of meals and rubbish. This may be harmful for each. Folks could be attacked by the bears, and bears might find yourself being shot, or hit by vehicles.

Bears who typically come into human areas might change into habituated to our presence, and subsequently much less scared, main them to change into extra adventurous.

The bear finally left, however DEEP has arrange a lure baited with candy treats exterior of the bakery in case the bear comes again for extra snacks. In that case, DEEP plans to take away the bear and launch it additional away.

“I am so grateful Maureen was secure and wasn’t damage, in addition to the remainder of the staff,” Stephens wrote within the Instagram publish.

Connecticut locals are suggested by DEEP to restrict the chance of bears approaching their houses by not feeding the bears, preserving rubbish secured and never not noted in a single day, and by not preserving pet meals open air.

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