Guests and staff at Buck’s T-4 Lodge in Big City, Montana were surprised to see a little bear resting on the countertop of the women’s restroom, writes Claudia Harmata of celebrity and human interest news platform People. Co-owner and manager of Buck’s T-4 Lodge David O’Connor tells Nada Bashir of American television channel CNN that they investigated the restroom because they heard a suspicious sound. O’Connor recounts, “We heard a bit of a racket in the lobby … Sure enough, the bear had found a window with enough of an opening to get into the ladies’ room by the lobby.”
|Bear sleeping / Photo by: Buck's T-4 Lounge and Facebook via People|
Unfortunately, the yearling black bear could not get itself back out of the window, as it was too high. But it felt comfortable chilling out in the washroom and sleeping on the counter. The lodge shared a video of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) safely removed the bear from the restroom. The bear will be relocated and released into the wild by officials, according to Bashir.
Wildlife officials checked the animal’s vitals and conducted medical checks to ensure it was healthy before it was tranquilized and put to sleep, states O’Connor. Wildlife encounters at Buck’s T-4 lodge are not unusual since it’s located near Yellowstone National Park. However, “there is safety to consider” when it comes to bears.
|Authorities and guests trying to tranquilize the bear / Photo by: Ashley Franz ,David O'Connor and Buck's T-4 Lodge via CNN|
“Bears are increasingly active and searching for food sources” in autumn, O’Connor explains. Hence, FWP cautions the public to secure food attractants and Be Bear Aware, according to the statement released by the FWP. Montana is a “bear country with populations of grizzly and black bears” that become active during the fall season to forage for food before denning season. In fact, the government agency has received “numerous reports of bear activity across the region,” warning the general public that bears “that become habituated are unnaturally comfortable” around humans and may pose safety risks.
|The bear woke up / Photo by: Ashley Franz ,David O'Connor and Buck's T-4 Lodge via CNN|