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Bear walks into police station on hind legs and makes himself at home
He walked in like he owned the place.
Jenny Brown
12.21.21

One animal we never want to run into is a black bear. But officers at a California Highway Patrol Office weren’t so lucky.

One day, a bear came into their office to pay them a visit!

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We would imagine that a highway patrol office doesn’t have as much foot traffic as a normal police department would.

Perhaps it has something to do with all the officers clanking away at their keyboards filling reports or the stream of people trying to find out where their car has been impounded. It doesn’t seem like a great place to just visit.

For this Highway Patrol Department, anyone not wearing a uniform is a surprise.

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California Highway Patrol

Recently, the Highway Patrol Department in Truckee, California, found themselves in a peculiar situation.

A fully grown bear, unfazed by the complexity of human doorknobs, simply got on its two feet, turned the doorknob, and walked in.

You get the impression the bear had experience with buildings. It looked around the room, sniffed around a vending machine, and strolled further into the building.

The footage showing how it all happened shows the bear walk into a room where two officers were going about their business. Of course, they acted fast and sent the bear out the same door it came through in a hurry.

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California Highway Patrol

Seeing as the bear wasn’t an immediate danger, the two officers let the bear wander off into the department’s empty parking lot without harming it.

Footage from cameras outside the building shows the bear walking up to a dumpster and getting on its two feet to look through it. The bear eventually gets bored and leaves.

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California Highway Patrol

No one was hurt in the incident, and nothing was stolen by the bear.

The California Highway Patrol shared the footage of the incident with a humorous caption:

“We always encourage visitors to stop by and say hi. 😂”

You can trust the internet to say something about this. What followed were amazing jokes about the bear filing complaints or turning itself in for dumpster diving, along with a host of other theories and a few puns.

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California Highway Patrol

According to California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, California has a population of about 40,000 black bears. Naturally, encounters with these furry beasts aren’t uncommon in those parts.

So, what should you do if you find a bear in your backyard or in the middle of your kitchen?

Contrary to what many people think, running is not your best bet. The National Park Service says that sudden movements will provoke the bear into attacking you.

You are advised to speak calmly to identify yourself and walk away slowly while still facing the said bear. Once you’re out of any immediate danger, be sure to alert the relevant authorities so they can deal with the situation.

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That said, bears aren’t the vicious creatures that most movies portray them as. Attacking you isn’t usually the first thing on their minds.

Keep a calm head and leave slowly and everything should be okay.

This hilarious video shows just how intelligent bears are. It really looks like he owns the place!

Check out the funny video of the bear in the police station below.

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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