VIDEO: Momma bear and cubs break into pizza shop, feast on salami

A mama bear searches for salami and dough Credit: Antonio’s Real New York Pizza


A Colorado man has a video of three bears breaking into his pizzeria to eat salami and dough.

“It was really fun to come into that one,” Tony Francher, the co-owner of Antonio’s Real New York Pizza in Estes Park told CBS news.

The black bears reportedly broke through the front window of the Estes Park pizzeria, but in a string of comments on Facebook, the owner isn’t blaming the bears. He’s blaming bear-proof Dumpsters installed throughout the city.

“They’re [bears] amazing and misunderstood. We need to stop killing them for being hungry,” one Facebook comment by the restaurant reads. “I believe it would have been much better to have left the old dumpster tops in place because they wouldn’t become desperate enough to break into houses or businesses and the damage in dollars would be much lower.”

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This isn’t the first time the pizzeria has had to deal with hungry bears. A while back, bears ripped a window out of the wall at their drive-thru on Moraine Ave.

“I’ve been thinking about this all day and am embarrassed by the “rules” in place for the wildlife we’ve encroached upon,” the owner writes. “A bear’s sense of smell is 2100 times ours. They can smell your blood but don’t kill you for it. All they want is calories with which to hibernate. We have to come up with a better set of deterrents than creating rules which ensure their euthanization based on the need to eat.”

The pizzeria says the bears just took a little food and they were able to open by noon after the break in.

Estes Park Colorado lies on the eastern border of the Rocky Mountain National Park, and wildlife is very common in the city.

Black Bears

Black Bears are the smallest of the three bear species found in North America.

They’re omnivorous and eat plants, fruits, fish, small mammals and salami and dough.

It’s estimated that there are 600,000 black bears in North America and they can be found in Canada, Mexico and at least 40 states in the U.S.

Cubs typically remain with the mother for a year and a half or more.

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