Dog food is juuuust right for Colorado bear

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Black bear

Bear sighted the morning of June 15, 2009. Photo courtesy Andrew Bryan.

Granby, Colo. (AP) - A western Colorado woman says a ``very graceful, very calm'' bear crawled into her house through a pet door, ate a bowl of dog food, uprooted some herbs in pots and then left after about 10 minutes.

Brenda Freeman says the encounter occurred Saturday at her and her husband's home outside Granby, 50 miles northwest of Denver.

Freeman says they spotted the bear in their mudroom after their 120-pound dog let out a combination bark and growl. They closed the door from the mudroom to the kitchen, then watched through a window as the bear explored the room and chowed down.

Division of Wildlife Spokesman Randy Hampton says bears normally eat berries this time of year, but a wet spring has kept bushes flowering longer instead of producing fruit.

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