Man Finds Giant Black Bear at Son's Desk After Breaking Into Home

A man in Alberta, Canada had to do some quick thinking after a black bear got into his house.

Sean Reddy took to Facebook to share his experience. He wrote that as he rounded the corner of his garage with his dogs, he discovered the bear was standing just outside of his open garage door. The bear went into the garage when the dogs "went after it," and Reddy put them in a safe location.

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After telling his two sons that were home with him about the bear in the garage, he went back outside to find that the bear came out of the garage and walked around the house. Reddy assumed the bear wandered away, but things took a turn when his youngest son told him that he heard scratching inside the house. His older son ran back inside and saw the bear in the hallway.

"When I went inside to check it out that the bear was really inside, he was in the hallway and walked into my son's room," Reddy wrote in his Facebook post. "That's when I went up and closed the door behind him! I assumed that his window was open because [I] figured that's where the bear had come it."

Reddy told CBC Edmonton's Radio Active that the bear popped the screen off of the bedroom window that belonged to his third son, who was not at home when this took place.

He called his neighbor for help and they began moving furniture to barricade the hallway in an effort to encourage the bear to leave the same way he came in.

Eventually, the bear meandered out of the house and left the property.

"He seemed pretty docile," Reddy told the radio station. "This time of year, they're almost half comatose. They're fat and lazy and tired."

He told Newsweek that he felt "safe-ish" and experienced an adrenaline rush as he was coaxing the bear out.

And in the event that the barricade didn't work, Reddy said he had bear spray at the ready and would have gotten out of the house, opened the doors and try to lure it out another way.

It could have ended worse, and Reddy said there were a few damages caused by the bear, including scratches on the house siding, a broken window screen, dirty paw prints on a window and bedding, a broken computer monitor and a broken cereal bowl.

To prepare for hibernation, black bears go into a feeding frenzy.

The bear's tour of the neighborhood did not stop with Reddy, and he said the bear made its way to the different houses in the area. He said a neighbor told him that the bear was looking through her window and even wandered into his parents' garage.

Seeing bears is a fairly common occurrence, Reddy told Newsweek. His two dogs are consistently outside and part of their job is to keep his children safe. Reddy said they enjoy chasing the bears up the trees, which is what typically happens when they're on his property.

Almost 75 percent of Alberta, Canada is home to black bears, according to the province's government website, and there have been sightings that suggest they are beginning to live in former habitats.

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A homeowner in Canada had to think of a way to remove a black bear that got into his house through a window. The homeowner and a neighbor used furniture to block the hallway to encourage the bear to leave the house. George Rose/Getty Images

There have been a few reports of interactions between black bears and humans.

In September, Newsweek reported on a black bear who visited a man's Colorado home to lounge on his outdoor couch.

Chris Ward posted several videos to TikTok showing the bear lounging on the couch, which was shredded. The bear returned several more times, and Ward said he was planning to bring the couch to the dump when the bear goes into hibernation.

Updated 10/18/2021, 5:51 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with comments from Sean Reddy.