Bear destroys steel door escaping from arctic entryway

Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A large male bear caught in an arctic entryway to a trailer home on Friday managed to escape by clawing his way through the bottom of a steel exterior door, bending the bottom inward and walking into the nearby woods.

Police were called to the Thunder Mountain trailer park about 3:30 a.m. when a man said a bear was in the arctic entryway, scratching at his trailer's inner door, Sgt. Dave Campbell said.

The man told police he had blocked the hollow interior door with a couch to prevent the bear from getting into the living room. The man, a woman and a girl in the trailer were able to get out safely.

Campbell said police could hear growling and scratching coming from the entryway but could not open the door to let the bear out. The bear did it for them. The $300 steel door was destroyed.

It was the third bear encounter for the trailer park resident. On Aug. 22, the same bear is believed to have broken a window to get into the entryway.

Earlier this summer, a bear destroyed the man's locked shed to get at the garbage inside. That's when the man moved his garbage can into the entryway.

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