Juneau bear walks into liquor store

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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - An unusual visitor walked into a Lemon Creek liquor store, Friday morning.

Courtesy Roger Thibodeau / Liquor Barrel

At 8:30 a.m. today, Roger Thibodeau, clerk of Liquor Barrel, witnessed a bear entering the Thibodeau family-owned store.

At first glance, Thibodeau said he thought it was a dog; however, he quickly realized it was actually a bear. At which point, Thibodeau said he "kinda freaked out."

Once the bear was in the store, it got on its hind legs and began walking toward the candy rack, located near the door.

A nearby customer, who was preparing his coffee, then got in front of the bear, clapped his hands and shooed it away.

The bear then ran away next-door to Harri Plumbing & Heating, according to Thibodeau.

Thibodeau has not spoken with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, yet; however, he said that locals believe the same bear has already been seen multiple times in the Lemon Creek populated area, prior to this incident.

"It was probably a juvenile - two years old - and its first time on its own," he said.

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