GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Some Missoula-area residents found a squatter had taken up residence in their house Friday morning, as a black bear entered their home and apparently decided to get some much-needed rest.
The bear opened a door and gained entry to the mudroom of a residence in the Butler Creek area in Missoula sometime before 6 a.m., the Missoulian first reported,
The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office responded around 5:45 a.m. as homeowners found the bear was trapped in the entryway of the home, somehow dead-bolting the door from the inside, the department posted on Facebook.
The bear reportedly became frustrated and “began ripping the room apart,” according to the Missoula County post, before it climbed up on a closet shelf for some shuteye.
Missoula County deputies knocked on the window to the room, but the stubborn bear responded with a stretch and a yawn. Deputies gained entry to the room and hoped the bear would jump down and leave, the post says, but it didn’t want to leave the comforts of the closet shelf.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks assisted the Sheriff’s Office in tranquilizing the black bear, and it was relocated unharmed.
“The homeowners were glad he was removed in good health, but won’t soon forget when this intruder came looking for the bear necessities!” The Sheriff’s office posted.
This article originally appeared on Great Falls Tribune: Bear enters Montana home, cuddles up for a nap on closet shelf