Black bear crashes birthday party, eats cupcakes


GlennMerillAndBrokenSkylightPhotoCourtesyofJuneauEmpireGlenn Merrill and his wife, who live on an Alaskan mountainside, were expecting guests for their son’s 1st birthday party to arrive any minute on Saturday when they heard a cracking of a skylight, not a knocking at the door.

“I was literally in the room, and I heard this cracking,”  Merrill tells the Juneau Empire. “And the next thing you know, there’s this bear that, I mean, literally, fell right from (the skylight). It was like three feet away from me” in the middle of the living room.

It took a few seconds for the startled bruin and humans to react. The baby’s grandparents whisked him upstairs. And as the bear regained his composure, he spied the birthday treats.

“The bear walks over and puts its paws up on the table and starts licking (the) birthday cupcakes,” Merrill recalls. “And I’m just like, you’ve got to be kidding me,”

The couple shouted at the bear to shoo him out the door. They called 911, but the bear  had gone back into the woods.

It seems the bear was in the habit of breaking and entering. Later in the day, a bear walked into another Juneau home. When the residents called the police, officers shot and killed it.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Management Coordinator Ryan Scott tells the Juneau Empire, “I believe it was likely the same bear.”

Read the whole story in the Juneau Empire.

Photo courtesy of Marlena Sloss | Juneau Empire