WATCH: Bear Breaks His Diet By Eating KFC After Breaking into Home

by Matthew Memrick

A California man caught a bear breaking its diet plan by eating the man’s KFC in a home break-in recently.

John Holden caught the bear on video eating his chicken. Later, he found out two more bears were in and around the house. He told ABC 7 about the encounter from last week.

Sierra Madre is only a 30-minute drive from Los Angeles. It is due south of Angeles National Forest, where 100 to 150 black bears live. There’s no telling how many brown bears live in the area.

KFC Does Chicken Right For Bears

Holden returned home to find his front door wide open and a brown bear on the kitchen counter, munching away at the bucket of tasty chicken.

The 60-to-80-pound bear had destroyed Holden’s kitchen.

He saw another bear outside his house and heard of one more inside the house. Apparently, Holden made some loud noises, and wouldn’t you know it, the bears all left.

But Holden isn’t a novice when it comes to bear encounters, so maybe that’s how he got them out.

“I’ve had a lot of other encounters with them. I’ve actually had them bump into me a couple times in the backyard, but definitely never in the house like that. That was something else, and they sure made a mess of the place,” Holden added.

The homeowner gathers that the KFC smell was too much for the animals to resist. He even saw them lounge around his yard after the break-in. 

But you have to wonder if he or some family member left the chicken out. 

Would you do this if you knew that Los Angeles County had estimates of 150 to 500 black bears? Reportedly, the state is home to 25,000 to 30,000 of that particular animal.

Bears Love L.A.

According to NBC 4, California Fish and Wildlife agents carried a sleeping 200-pound animal to a pickup truck outside a Pasadena home in August. The agents proceeded to take the carnivore back to the wild. 

The L.A. Almanac said there had been at least 25 “attacks” in Southern California, with all of them being non-fatal and involving black bears in 1986. Nine of those happened in Los Angeles County, most of them coming in the Angeles National Forest.

Some have come in residential areas along that forest. Two recent incidents happened with the animal and teenage girls. In 2020, a bear scratched and bit a Sierra Madre teenage girl. The teenager fought the animal off with her laptop. Another incident came this year when a girl pushed the mammal off a wall in her Bradbury backyard.

The girl saw her dogs barking at the mother with her cubs. She pushed the animal, grabbed her dogs, and went inside her home. The teen and her dogs were not injured.