Bears Steal Pumpkins


November 4, 2021

A New Jersey woman captured video of her Halloween decorations being raided by an unusual thief -- a pumpkin-loving bear.

Kelly Stephens said she initially screamed when she saw the bear approaching the front porch of her Morris County home.

"I guess my screaming scared him off, so I ran to get my phone and then when I came back, he slowly proceeded to come back to capture the pumpkin," Stephens told WCBS-TV.

Stephens' video shows the bear creeping up to the house, grabbing a pumpkin in its mouth and fleeing.

The footage shows the bear drop the pumpkin at one point and chase it as it rolls away down the road. Stephens said the bear eventually settled down across the street from her house to eat the pumpkin.

Meanwhile, Police in Ottawa Canada say you can add Halloween decorations to the list of things bears might snack on or in this instance, wrestle and maybe even steal.

Surveillance video out of Canada captured a bear after it had already munched on a couple of pumpkins.

But then, the bear decided it wanted "take out" and tried to walk off with another gourd. It couldn't grab it with its paws so plan B was to pick it up with its mouth.

That didn't work either and eventually the bear gave up leaving the pumpkin behind.


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