Bear Breaks Into California Home To Eat KFC Left on Kitchen Counter

A man in California got an altogether different kind of scare this Halloween season after discovering a bear eating food off his kitchen counter.

According to ABC7, John Holden, from Sierra Madre, recently returned home to find his front door wide open and a bear helping itself to his leftover KFC.

In a video shared with the news outlet, the bear can be seen sitting up on the counter devouring the bucket of fast food while Holden films from a safe distance.

Holden said he had encountered one bear outside his house upon returning home while there was at least one more in the property at the time of his recording.

While encounters with bears are common where he lives, he said this is the first time a bear has entered his home.

"I've had a lot of other encounters with them," Holden told ABC7.

"I've actually had them bump into me a couple times in the backyard, but definitely never in the house like that. That was something else and they sure made a mess of the place."

He reckons in this instance, the smell from the leftover KFC proved too much for the bears to resist.

In a further goldilocks-in-reverse twist, the bears ended up lounging around in Holden's yard following their fried chicken heist, evidently feeling a little lethargic after their feast.

Fortunately, he was able to get the animals to vacate his property by making a series of loud noises.

Newsweek has contacted Holden for comment.

Wildlife Informer recommends several easy-to-follow tips for anyone worried about bears rummaging around their home and trash.

The most obvious is to dispose of any and all food waste in a timely manner. They also recommend purchasing one of several scents "known to discourage" bears from searching for food around your home and trash.

These include ammonia, Pine essential oil, apple cider vinegar, Lysol, and pinesol.

In October, another bear was filmed gatecrashing a wedding in a video that subsequently went viral. The video, which was filmed at a wedding in Mexico, showed a black bear leaning across an empty table and knocking over cutlery and a floral centerpiece.

Just days earlier, Newsweek also reported on a man who was injured following an encounter with a 500-pound brown bear.

The man, who was cycling in Alaska, saw the bear running towards him and initially attempted to scare the animal away by shouting at it. When that failed, he fell to the ground, lying on his back and holding his head while kicking out at the bear.

The bear bit the man's lower right leg just below his knee before retreating into the nearby vegetation. While the man required minor treatment for his wounds, no other medical care was required.

According to the National Park Service it is recommended to stay still in the event of a confrontation with a wild bear.

They advise to "stand your ground but slowly wave your arms. Help the bear recognize you as a human. It may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better look or smell. A standing bear is usually curious, not threatening."

A bear and a bucket of KFC.
Stock image of a bear/a bucket of KFC pictured in 2006 - a man was shocked discovered his front door wide open and a bear eating KFC off his counter in California. fotoslavt/Justin Sullivan/Getty