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Bear ransacks apartment

Aspen Times Staff Report

A trio of young Aspen residents, plus their trusty bassett hound, slept through a bear’s invasion of their east side apartment Wednesday night, the second such incident this week.

The apartment is located on Mountain Laurel Court in the Mountain Valley subdivision, just outside the Aspen city limits, said Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Lumsden.

He said the sheriff’s office got a call at 7:30 Thursday morning about the visit, but that he did not know the names of the people involved because there was no formal report on the incident.

But, he said, the three residents of the apartment reportedly were behind closed doors and never heard the bear, awakening in the morning to a kitchen in shambles.

Lumsden said the bear apparently smelled food inside the home through a partially open window and, after failing to get in through the window, went around to the front door and somehow opened it.

The bear then went straight for the kitchen, opened the refrigerator and proceeded to eat to its heart’s content.


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