Max Breiter was trying to catch some shut-eye on a warm Saturday afternoon, but his 10-pound canine housemate Rocky wouldn’t stop yipping.
Rocky was closed in a nearby room, a confinement that turned out to be fortuitous. His ruckus was the result of a black bear that had wandered through an open door and into their home at the top of Upper Cache Creek Drive.
When Breiter got out of bed to let the dog out he was greeted by a large brown furry mass looking in his direction from about 20 feet away in the kitchen.
“At first I thought it was a dog,” Breiter said, “but I started to wake up and realize it was a bear.”
An eight- to 10-second staring match ensued, he guesses, followed by realization of what was happening and a mad dash away to the safety of a locked bathroom. A flurry of calls went out to seven people who were also in the house at the time.
“Initially I heard someone was coming to provide some backup for me,” Breiter said, “but then I heard the door slam.”
His friends, he realized, were taking the warning to heart and beginning to close themselves in.
The story has a happy ending, assuming the bear doesn’t make a habit of its escapades.
A house of yelling roommates along with yipping Rocky caused the animal to scurry off in short order.
“The bear walked into the living room and took two poops on the floor,” Breiter said, “and then it broke out of a screen window and proceeded to run down the hill.”
Homeowner Sandy Hessler got dispatches in Montreal from her daughter and tenants. She called the whole experience “incredibly surreal.”
“I’m not sure what to do because we have the windows open all the time,” Hessler said. “The whole idea that we could be sleeping and a bear walks in, I’ve never thought about it.”
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department was alerted, but faced with a cold trail it decided to not try to track or trap the animal unless it repeated the behavior, Breiter said.