Late Saturday morning Police received a call about an intruder from a woman on Anchorage’s Upper Hillside. But this home invasion was of the fury type.
APD spokesperson Anita Shell says a woman from the 6600 block of Rockridge Drive called about 11:30 reporting that a black bear was in her home. The bear apparently made a stealthy entrance through the second floor of a three story home. When the woman discovered the bear, she gathered up her dogs and quickly made her way to a third floor room, locked the door, and called for help.
Shell says, “She was in an area of the house where she couldn’t really hear the bear entering the home. But when she discovered that it was there, she quickly gathered up the animals and was able to get in a safe room.”
While certainly surprising for the homeowner, Shell added that this type of incident is not uncommon for this time of year. Last week a black bear wandered onto a construction site at Bartlett High School and through the school.
“Because we are leaving doors open, windows open when it’s warm out. And certainly if you’re cooking and you live in an area where there’s a lot of bears, that would bring them out,” Shell said.
Shell says that by the time police arrived, the curious bruin had made an escape by forcing through a stain-glass door. No one was hurt in the incident.