A young bear fell through an Alaska couple's skylight while
they were preparing to celebrate their child's birthday,
sending the humans scurrying out the room while he feasted on
A wildlife management coordinator said the bear that fell
through the skylight of the couple's home in Juneau is
believed to have been a juvenile male weighing about 82kg.
"There probably isn't a neighborhood or place where we have
homes where the potential isn't there for you to run into a
bear or observe a bear," said Ryan Scott, of the Alaska
Department of Fish and Game. "There is really no place where
the potential isn't there."
The couple's home sits along a mountainside that overlooks
downtown Juneau, and Scott said those types of neighborhoods
closer to trees see more bears. "Bears are extremely curious
and will stake out any source of food they can find," he
The home owners, Alicia Bishop and Glenn Merrill, told the
Juneau Empire the bear landed in their living room.
"I was literally in the room, and I heard this cracking,"
Merrill told the paper, describing the sound of the
skylight's plexiglass creaking under the bear.
"And the next thing you know, there's this bear that, I mean,
literally, fell right from (the skylight). It was like 3 feet
(1 meter) away from me."
Merrill told the paper he fled into an adjoining room and
closed the door behind him, and Bishop said the animal
feasted on her infant son's birthday cupcakes.
Bishop told the paper that she opened a door from the living
room that led to the backyard and that the couple yelled at
the animal until it casually walked out of their residence.
Merill and Bishop could not be reached on Wednesday.
Scott said officials believe this bear might have been the
same one that entered another occupied home in the same
Juneau police officers had to kill the juvenile male, because
it posed a threat to human life, Scott said.
"We don't take killing or destroying bears lightly," Scott
said. "People were inside that building. I think it was
appropriate for that given the situation."