Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Bungling Bear Burgler pays a Visit

I woke up at two am to the sound of a rustling paper bag. I figured I had better see what the cat had gotten into.

I grabbed a flashlight and headed for the kitchen.

Something was not right...

As I looked around, I realized that the rustling sound was actually the sound of crunching aluminum. The screen "storm" door had the kick panel pushed in and a metal grill was lying on the floor. There were gashes in the window screen material.

I heard heavy footsteps recede across the deck and lawn.

I shirted around the trashed open storm door and onto the deck. A long trail of saliva started by the screen door and ran 12 feet to the steps at the edge of the deck.

Only a bear could have done that, but fortunately, he was more afraid of me then I was of him in my sleepy state.

It's a good thing I got there when I did because it would not have been pretty had the bear gotten inside and had a taste of food.

The next day, I asked about a bear proof storm door at Home Depot. I got some funny looks, and it seems they don't carry such a thing... Odd. But they do have some sturdy looking storm doors for about $100.