Bear wanders into the Montana hotel washroom and hunkers down for a nap

Written by on September 5, 2019 in Critter MIA, Critters vs Humans vs Critters - No comments

It probably wasn’t the most comfortable bed.

But it must have been just right for a black bear, which recently snuck in for a snooze on the countertop in a hotel bathroom in Big Sky, Montana.

Folks at Buck’s T-4 Lodge & Restaurant reported the “surprise visitor” to its lobby on the evening of Aug. 31 — and posted an amazing video about the encounter.

“A yearling black bear found its way through a window into the ladies’ room,” the hotel posted on Facebook.

Siesta time for one tired bear. Buck’s T-4 Lodge & Restaurant/Facebook

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks were called.

Wildlife officials said the young black bear was “comfortably sleeping” when they arrived.

“The bear climbed through a window and settled in for a nap in the local restroom,” the department explained. “The bear seemed very comfortable and showed no signs of leaving.”

Game wardens and police deputies tranquilized the bear, and once it was really asleep, carried it outside.

The bear wasn’t injured and was taken to a more remote area for release.

The Sheriff’s office couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

Teamwork keeps people and wildlife safe!” it posted.

As for the hotel, it didn’t report any damage, but there was slight mess in the sink to clean up.

What a once-in-a-lifetime experience it was,” the hotel added in a note of thanks to the first responders. “They were professional and safe, and provided a great opportunity for folks to learn a little bit about wildlife management.”  

Photos Buck’s T-4 Lodge & Restaurant/Facebook

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