Everyone loves pie for dessert. Including wild bears! This past July, one black bear got his its sugar fix at the Colorado Cherry Company in Lyons, Colorado. The pie-loving bear broke into the bakery and gobbled up 24 pies. Then it took two to go!
Some think this was a bear on a mission. First, the bear broke a window to get to the tasty treats. Then it went straight for the store’s still-warm pies. While it ate every cherry and apple pie it could get his paws on, this picky eater didn’t touch the strawberry-rhubarb.
The owner’s daughter, Mikaela Lehnert, saw the store after the break-in. Beyond the pies, the hungry bear also ate bags of sugar and cocoa used for baking. There was a trail of sugar and a few cherries left after the bear made its escape.
Black bears, which live in the Rocky Mountains, will eat almost anything. Colorado Parks and Wildlife see dozens of bears searching through trash for food every year. They’ll visit a place many times if they know they can easily get food there.
This isn’t the first time the bakery has seen a bear break-in. Their other location in Loveland, Colorado had a more thorough visitor. That bear broke a window, the main doors, and the freezer to satisfy its sweet tooth.
While the bear may have made a mess, its visit wasn’t all bad news for the Lehnerts. The bear’s burglary brought attention to the bakery, which boosted business. Maybe a thank-you pie is in order for their messy guest—just not a strawberry rhubarb one!