Video Shows Firefighters, Deputies Coaxing Small Bear Out of Colorado Apartment

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An apparently hungry bear somehow made its way into a second-floor apartment in Avon, Colorado, early Saturday morning, prompting a response from sheriff’s deputies and firefighters.

Firefighters and sheriff's deputies coaxed a small bear out of an apartment in Avon, Colorado, on April 30, 2016. (Credit: Eagle River Fire Protection District)

Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies coaxed a small bear out of an apartment in Avon, Colorado, on April 30, 2016. (Credit: Eagle River Fire Protection District)

The Eagle River Fire Protection District’s Engine 7 was dispatched to the home after the small intruder was reported to be rummaging through a refrigerator about 4:45 a.m., according to a post on the agency’s Facebook page.

A brief video released by the fire department shows four firefighters and two Eagle County deputies in a hallway, slowly approaching the entrance to the apartment.

The resident had locked himself in his bedroom “until the bruin could be encouraged to vacate the premises,” according to the video’s caption.

“Go on, buddy,” the deputies and firefighters say in the footage, as they stand near the front door. “Come on, come on.”

The bear then pokes his head out and scurries down the hall. The responders follow behind, chuckling.

“Is he alone? Make sure,” one says.

“I hope mom’s not around,” says another.

The animal left the building without incident, the Denver Post reported. No one was injured.

The fire department reminded residents to keep their windows and doors locked, and ensure that garbage and pet food are not left where they might attract bears.

“Remember, a fed bear is a dead bear,” the Facebook post said.