Colorado Man Fights Black Bear Inside His Kitchen

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Dave Chernosky

A Colorado man was laying in bed when he heard a loud commotion coming from the kitchen. Dave Chernosky and his children were staying in their Aspen home when Dave was woken up to a loud ruckus.

“I laid in bed thinking, ‘I really hope this isn’t a bear,'” Dave Chernosky told CNN. “I figured it probably was, but I was sure hoping for something else once I got into the kitchen.”

Dave said that when he ventured into the kitchen, a large black bear, estimated at about 400 pounds, was standing at the refrigerator. The animal had opened drawers and cabinets and thrown stuff around.

Using the kitchen island as a buffer, Dave attempted to lure the bear back outside. It don’t go as planned.

The bear did make its way into the garage, but was spooked when Dave hit the garage door opener and the bear ran back into the house.

Dave wanted to make sure the bear didn’t make its way downstairs to where his 12-year-old was sleeping, so he went head to head with the bear.

“We looked at each other, and he just smacked me in the side of the head and spun me around and got me again on the back,” Chernosky said. “I literally heard it crack on my head. A bear paw is not soft and cushy.”

Bleeding heavily from cuts on his face, Dave gained his composure and was able to scream and chase the bear out of the house.

“I just knew if he didn’t leave I was in big trouble,” Chernosky said. “But fortunately, he was done at that point and just left.”
Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife were able to track down the bear and euthanize it. They’ll test samples from the bear and the house to make sure they got the right animal.
“Based on the direct and clear trail that tracking dogs quickly followed, along with the physical description of the bear from witnesses, we’re certain that we got the offending animal,” said¬†Area Wildlife Manager Matt Yamashita in a statement.¬†“We never like to have to put an animal down but the protection of the public is paramount once a bear begins entering homes and responding aggressively toward people.”