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Party Crasher

Alicia Bishop and Glenn Merrill were preparing a birthday party for Merrill’s son when an unexpected guest dropped in at their Juneau, Alaska, home. “I heard this cracking,” Merrill said. “And the next thing you know, there’s this bear that, I mean, literally, fell right from [the skylight]. It was like three feet away from me.” Merrill reacted quickly, getting his son out of the room. The bear, after recovering from its fall, went for the party food. “The bear walks over and puts its paws up on the table and starts licking his birthday cupcakes, and I’m just like, you’ve got to be kidding me,” said Bishop. The bear then wandered outside, but looked back in through the living room window. “It was up by the window like, ‘I want more cupcakes’,” Bishop said. Merrill eventually got some bear spray and chased the bear off. Later, what was believed to be the same bear visited another house. Unfortunately, it had to be destroyed because it had become so accustomed to humans and was visiting multiple residences. (MS/Juneau Empire) ...Which is of course how the real story of Yogi would have ended.
Original Publication Date: 20 July 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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