This Alberta bear came in the bedroom window. The family's dilemma was how to get it out?
Sean Reddy had a black bear climb through a bedroom window on Oct. 4 at around 8 p.m. at his home outside Fort McMurray, Alta., (Supplied by Sean Reddy )
It's common in northern Alberta to see black bears on the roam. It's decidedly less common to see one in your home.
At least that's the hope of the Reddy family, which had an unexpectedly close encounter recently at their acreage near Fort McMurray, Alta.
At first, the bear had gotten into the open garage while Sean Reddy was at home with two of his four children, he told CBC Edmonton's Radio Active.
Reddy went outside with one son to watch the bear saunter off around the house and — presumably — back into the woods.
"Then [my younger son], he came out the front door and kind of was like, 'What are you guys doing? There's all sorts of scratching in the house,'" Reddy said.
"I was like, 'OK, what do you mean?' My oldest boy ran into the house and he came out and he's like 'The bear's in the hallway!' OK. That changes things."
Turns out, a bear had tossed aside a screen covering a window and crawled into a bedroom, Reddy said.
The black bear took a tour of the home, wandering into another bedroom. Armed with bear spray and joined by a neighbour, the family managed to close the door to the room, hoping the barricaded animal would climb back out a window.