Piano-playing bear raids Vail apartment | AspenTimes.com

Piano-playing bear raids Vail apartment

The bear came in through an open window and was captured on video

By TOM MCGHEE | tmcghee@denverpost.com | The Denver Post

A bruin who entered a Vail apartment last week in search of food, took a moment to pound on a keyboard, producing a sound but barely making a chord.

Police didn’t say if porridge was involved in the home invasion.

The apartment resident reported a burglary to Vail Police on May 31, when she returned to find evidence of a home invasion, Vail police said.

But a responding officer found an open window, and determined that an animal had raided the freezer and caused some damage to the apartment as it foraged for food.

The resident checked her internal camera system and discovered video of a bear wandering around the apartment. The bear stood at the piano, with its paws on the keys.

“The chords captured on video were unbearable and the tune was equally grizzly,” Vail police announced in a written statement. “Although officers searched the area, the suspect is still at large.”

No reports of violent interactions with animals have occurred within in recent years. The Vail Police department receives training to deal with animal calls and partners with the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife to respond when animals need to be relocated.

Parks and Wildlife also has an online resource to help people bear-proof their homes and prepare for any possible interactions.

For more on this story, go to denverpost.com.

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