A frantic woman called 911 Saturday to report that someone was banging on her door and windows trying to break in.
Then she looked outside and saw that it was a black bear.
The bear, which has been the subject of several complaints around Kelly recently, was trapped and killed Monday morning.
“It was just not afraid of people at all,” Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesman Mark Gocke told the Jackson Hole Daily.
Teton County sheriff’s deputies arrived around 3:15 p.m. Saturday to the house in Kelly along with Game and Fish.
“Both our game warden and bear biologist responded,” Gocke said. “But the bear was gone by the time they got there.”
The male adult black bear left behind some damage on the door and windows of the house. In the past two weeks Game and Fish has logged half a dozen complaints from Kelly residents about the black bear.
The bear was successful in getting into a couple of trash cans and tore into someone’s barbecue grill in the town of Kelly, Gocke said.
“It does serve as a good reminder that we do need to take care of our garbage,” Gocke said. “Not that he got garbage everywhere he went, but he did get some garbage food rewards.”
The black bear was about 5 years old, Gocke said, and about 250 pounds, which is on the thin side. The bear reportedly didn’t respond to people’s efforts to spook him out of their yards.
“Our experience is that when an animal reaches that level of human habituation it’s going to continue to seek out human foods,” Gocke said.
The bear was caught in a culvert trap using bait, sedated and shot — a method that Game and Fish decided would be the most humane way to euthanize the bear given the circumstances.
“We use the quickest, most humane way we know of,” Gocke said.