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Bear bursts through wall ‘like the Kool-Aid Man’ to escape home, Colorado cops say

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Your chances of encountering a Florida black bear are greater today than 100 years ago. Learn the simple steps for bear-proofing your trash and other strategies to keep bears away from your home and neighborhood.

A bear who may have followed the scent of refuse into a Colorado home Saturday night apparently had a hard time finding the way out, Estes Park police wrote on Facebook.

As police responded to the bear burglary, the culprit made its escape by bursting through a wall to the outside, police wrote.

The Facebook post compared the bear breakout to those of the “Kool-Aid Man,” who at one point smashed through walls in television ads for the drink.

Photos posted by police on Facebook show a bear-sized hole in a plywood section of wall in the home.

A large black bear swims across a bay on the coast of North Carolina near a wildlife refuge in Dare County. Two fishermen in kayaks spotted the bear and followed it to shore.

Officers also included some tips from Colorado Parks and Wildlife on dealing with bears, such as locking all doors and windows to homes or vehicles.

“Bears are extremely smart, which means we all have to be too,” the post reads, asking for residents to “do your part to keep bears wild.”

Estes Park is a town in Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado.

The Greater Yellowstone Coalition teamed up with Idaho Fish and Game at the Idaho Sportsman Show on Saturday to give a demonstration on how to ward off a charging bear. A fake bear on a track sped toward participants, who then had to use bear spray.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.
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