15-year-old Hayes Sherman and his friend were watching television at his cabin in Truckee, California, one night, when he heard footsteps and Tupperware being opened very aggressively in the kitchen.
When the fridge began to beep because it was opened too long, Sherman grew scared, since he knew his mom and cousin were upstairs sleeping and there was no one else in the house.
But he was wrong. There WAS someone else in the house, it just wasn’t a person. Their Nest camera in the living room revealed the intruder: a 250-pound bear who was rummaging through their refrigerator for a snack.
The bear made himself at home as he ate some taco meat, two pints of Ben and Jerry’s, and some crackers.
Terrified, Hayes and his friend hid in a downstairs bedroom and held the door closed so the bear couldn’t enter. The bear then shook the door multiple times, trying its best to get in.
Hayes quickly called his mom on his Apple watch and warned her not to go downstairs. He then called 911, while his mom contacted a security guard at the community gate house.
“That is the worst-case scenario as a parent to have a bear between you and your children. I am glad that I didn’t run downstairs, because that probably would have just agitated the bear,” Hayes’ mom, Susan Mohun, told Fox 6 Now.
Eventually, after a long 13 minutes, Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Allyson Prero arrived to assist them. After the bear walked out the front door, Prero fired a warning shot from her shotgun to scare the bear away.
The sheriff’s office says bears are common in that area and reminded residents to always lock their car doors and home doors. They also advised not to leave any food in cars, as bears have a very keen sense of smell.
Hayes said he has learned a “very valuable lesson” after leaving the garage door open, which is how the bear entered in the first place.
Last year, the family had another run-in with a bear when one had ripped more than a dozen window screens off their house.