A young family in Gibsons, British Columbia, had a terrifying experience when a black bear entered their house and refused to leave, despite their best efforts to scare it off.

On August 19th, Elery Froude and her two sons, Camden and Ivany, were at home around 5:30 pm when she heard 2.5-year-old Ivany yell, MOM look!!! Elery turned to see the bear coming in the house through her sliding glass door.

The bear reportedly roamed the entire house going into every room and drooling all over her dining room table. Elery locked herself and the kids in a bedroom while a family friend yelled, banged pots and shook chairs at the bear, hoping it would go back outside.

Finally, with the bear standing in the same doorway it entered the home, the family friend punched it in the nose, and slammed the door on the bear. Once the door was closed, the bear began pawing at the door and chewing on the screen as police arrived.

Police scared the bear into the bushes with air horns and by throwing water bottles at it. Shortly after though, the bear returned to the house and tried to open the door to the garage and chased a man down the street before he could jump into his truck. After liaising with Conservation, it was determined that due to the bear’s aggressive actions and lack of fear of humans, it needed to be killed.

The bear was put down by RCMP. Sgt. Miller from Conservation stated it was an adult male bear weighing approximately 220-250lbs and didn’t have any overt signs that it had been suffering from any illnesses that would have resulted in its unusually brazen behavior.

The photos below show the bear gnawing at the door after being locked outside.






Image courtesy Sunshine Coast.bc

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