From the Charlotte Observer: “A rare home invasion by one of North Carolina’s black bears started when the animal ‘broke through a garage door’ and began dragging food out of a deep freeze in the garage, reports the Highlander newspaper.” Not rare enough, evidently.
That’s where it was shot by a man who only later learned he had killed a mama bear with cubs not far away, state officials say.
A shame, but black bears aren’t anything to mess with. Especially when they’re inside your house. Something that seems to happen regularly in this particular address.
Jennifer Royce, community manager of Highlands Falls Community Association, told the Highlander it was “the third time the bear had entered the home.”She says it was a caretaker who killed it, the newspaper reported. Royce was out of the office Friday and could not be reached by the Charlotte Observer.
You might think the home owner would have taken steps to make the home more bear-proof, surely after the second time. Whoever it was who did the shooting, they took all the legal precautions first.
Details have not been released as to what exactly occurred when the bear and a man came face to face in the home, but it ended with gunfire, said Michael Carraway, a black bear biologist with NC Wildlife Resources. He says it’s also unclear if the homeowner did the shooting or a caretaker. Either way, the man contacted state officials before pulling the trigger, Carraway said.