Bear raids Eagle-Vail kitchen |

Bear raids Eagle-Vail kitchen

Lauren Glendenning
Eagle-Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – Craig Denton, of Eagle-Vail, has lived in the valley for 34 years and has never had a bear for a house guest until now.

Denton woke up around 3 a.m. Saturday morning after hearing some noise in the kitchen, located on the floor below. He heard what sounded like some pans falling on the floor so he went downstairs to investigate.

The refrigerator was open and there was food laying on the floor, he said. He looked over to the window near the dining table and saw it had been pulled open and the screen was off.

Denton’s neighbor also heard the commotion and looked outside to see the bear running out of the house. Denton and his neighbor got the window closed shut before the bear returned again and started to come back onto his deck.

“She was huge,” he said.

He called the Division of Wildlife, wich set up a pepper spray trap. It was just in time because the bear returned two nights later only to find a dose of pepper spray instead of food.

Denton said he felt lucky that the bear didn’t cause any damage inside his home, but he wanted to remind locals that bears are out right now.

“Keep your windows shut,” he said.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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