In Avon, Connecticut, a hungry black bear surprised workers at Taste by Spellbound when it barged into their garage, causing panic and helping itself to 60 cupcakes before wandering off.
Miriam Stephens, the bakery owner, said that employee Maureen Williams screamed and shouted when she saw the bear and ran into the kitchen, slamming the door shut. The bear then moved one of the fridges in front of the door while Williams held it tight.
Despite the workers’ efforts to scare the bear away, it kept coming back several times, and a baker finally honked a car horn to make it leave.
The surveillance video shows the bear dragging a container of cupcakes from the garage into the parking lot before eating them.
No one was injured in the incident, which is one of several troubling interactions between black bears and humans in Connecticut.
In 2022, there was a record 67 reports of bears entering Connecticut homes, and the frequency and severity of bear-human interactions are increasing, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.