Family Call Police on Bear Stuffing Its Face With Their Freshly Baked Cake

A California family called the police on a bear that was stuffing its face with their freshly baked chocolate cake. The incident occurred at a home in Simi Valley—located around 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles—on Sunday.

In the morning, the homeowner heard some strange sounds coming from her kitchen and went down to investigate. "I kind of leaned into the door a little bit in the kitchen and I'm kind of peeking around and I see my kitchen is kind of destroyed. The chocolate cake I made for a barbecue that day was dumped over," the homeowner told Fox 11 Los Angeles.

According to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, there are estimated to be between 30,000 and 40,000 black bears in the state. They are the most common species of bear in North America.

While bears generally try and avoid humans, they may be attracted to homes by the scent of food.

In the incident in Simi Valley, the bear entered the kitchen of the home around 10 a.m. and began rummaging around.

A black bear and chocolate cake
Stock images showing a black bear and a piece of chocolate cake. A California family called the police on a bear that had stuffed itself with freshly baked chocolate cake. iStock

After investigating the kitchen, the woman noticed the black bear, which she initially thought looked like "somebody in a bear costume."

"He or she was standing there, turned around, looked at me and I thought that is not somebody in a costume. And I flew upstairs, yelled for [my son] and I said, 'Scott, we have a bear in our house.'"

At first the son didn't believe his mother that there was a bear in the house and had to check for himself. "I snuck downstairs to see where it's at because it got all quiet and then I took a peek at it," the son told Fox 11. "It was really laying on top of the counter like how a dog would and it looked at me like, 'Hey, what's up man, you mind if I just chill here for a bit?'"

The family locked themselves in the upstairs bedrooms and called the police.

Officers responded to the home and tried to shoo the bear away. Body camera footage show officers entering the home and the bear running away by jumping over a fence before climbing up a tree.

"As the officers entered the residence, they observed the bear in the kitchen. It appeared the bear ate a freshly baked cake and rummaged through the refrigerator," Simi Valley Police Department said in a Facebook post. "The bear was scared off by the officers' presence and ran out the door and into the backyard. The bear then left the backyard and climbed a tree. After 10 minutes, the bear climbed down and retreated back into the hills."

The bear had eaten avocados and nectarines that were on the counter, as well as half of the chocolate cake. It also damaged some cabinets and caused a huge mess, according to the family.

The next day, the bear came back to rummage around the family's trash can and ate the other half of the cake.

Simi Valley Police Department said it had received several reports of bear sightings on Saturday, including one rummaging through trash and swimming in a pool.

It is not clear if the two incidents involved the same bear.

Newsweek has contacted Simi Valley Police Department for comment.