Bear Breaks into Aspen Home for Third Time Breaking Through Locked Window, Raids Kitchen

by Jennifer Shea

A bear invaded an Aspen home that has seen bear break-ins twice before. Once there, the animal promptly raided the kitchen.

According to the homeowner, the bear broke in around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, KDVR reports. A wildlife officer from Colorado Parks and Wildlife arrived on the scene just before midnight.

The bear shattered a locked glass window in the house’s upper floor, then made its way down into the kitchen, where it got some food. The owner then blasted an airhorn, at which point the animal went into the basement, broke another window there and left the house.

Bear Is the Third Wild Visitor In Two Years

Little more than a month before, on July 24, another bear broke into the same house. That one was later euthanized, CPW told KDVR.

At the same address, a bear also broke in back in August of 2019. It busted through dead-bolted French doors and made for the refrigerator. When the homeowners came downstairs to investigate the noise, it fled the kitchen and exited the house.

Unfortunately for the homeowners, their house sits on a hillside dotted with serviceberries and oak brush, which draw bears. There is also a cherry apple tree in their driveway, CPW pointed out, so the animals may be attracted to the house by its abundance of natural food sources.

Homeowners Not at Fault, CPW Says

CPW officer Jason Clay told KDVR that the homeowners had done nothing to bring on the break-ins. They take all the necessary precautions that come with living in bear country.

“They do not have any unnatural attractants out and it was good to see they had the airhorn available for them to use last night,” Clay said. “This in part is an aspect of living in bear country, but also in part learned behavior by that bear.”

Clay said that besides the natural food sources surrounding the house, the homeowners appear to be paying the price for other humans’ carelessness. The animals had clearly learned that human homes offer food, a lesson they would not have learned if someone had not left food out near human housing.

“If 95 percent of your community is doing everything right to live appropriately in bear country, but the other five percent is not, that is enough to habituate bears and their behavior can escalate to where they break into homes looking for food,” Clay added.