A bear appears to have broken into a home in Left Hand Canyon over the weekend, ransacking the kitchen in search of food, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Officers responded to a call Monday from the homeowners, who had returned from a trip. A bear, which was no longer in the house, had pulled screens off the windows and pried a door open, said Division of Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill.
"Their kitchen was pretty much trashed," she said.
She said the residents didn't appear to have anything outside their home that would have attracted a bear.
"We are very concerned that the bear broke into the home like that," she said.
She said it's likely that the bear had learned through other experiences that houses mean an opportunity for food.
"It's really critical for people to understand that it just takes one chance for a bear to get into something," she said. "That's when they start hanging around neighborhoods and getting into danger."
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