Residents of Juneau, Alaska are fairly used to the sight of bears, but nobody expected to find one in a local bar. The introduction of what appears to be a young black bear to the clientele of Juneau’s Alaskan Hotel & Bar caused a stir, most of all by bartender Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy. According to WSB-TV, the bear dropped by the bar on Monday night but was quickly booted out.
“No bear! Get out! No! You can’t be in here!” Svetlik-McCarthy shouted.
A surveillance camera inside the establishment managed to record the short encounter:
Being surrounded by prime bear habitat, Juneau residents have had their share of run-ins with both black and sometimes brown bears. The animals rarely enter businesses although several cases of home intrusion have been reported. City officials are careful to keep the city’s streets free of trash. Garbage-related city ordinances are heavier than many other cities, but they keep Juneau’s homeowners and local bears safe. Bears that frequently eat trash will lose their fear of humans, often resulting in their removal or euthanization by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.