A family of black bears looking for some bear necessities climbed into the back of a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts delivery van and helped themselves to some sweet treats in Alaska.
“One of our brave delivery drivers managed to capture this incredible moment on camera,” read last week’s post. “It’s a reminder that our donuts are loved by everyone, even the wildlife!”
Bears devoured doughnut holes, chocolate treats
The local media outlet reported that a mother bear and her cub snuck into the delivery van as it made a regular stop at the store.
“You could hear them breaking open the packages,” store manager Shelly Deano told the outlet. “We were trying to beat on the van but they just kept eating all the doughnuts. They ate 20 packages of the doughnut holes and I believe six packages of the three-pack chocolate doughnuts.”
She then alerted base security, which used loud sirens to chase the bears away and into the woods nearby.
Coexisting with bears in Alaska
All three species of North American bears — black bears, brown bears and polar bears — are found in Alaska.
The Alaska Fish and Game Department recommends alerting authorities by calling 911 if the wild animal poses an immediate threat or using a wildlife encounter form to report non-threatening situations.
What to do if you spot a bear
Talk in a low, steady voice and do not scream or otherwise act suddenly.
Make noise (yell, bang pans, etc.) to scare the bear.
Make yourself appear as large as possible.
Travel in groups and pick up small children.
If you encounter a bear in your own yard, do not leave the house. Ensure everyone is secure inside before banging pots or making other loud noises to scare the bear away.
If you see cubs, be extra cautious. Mother bears are very protective of their young. Do not approach, touch or interact with cubs.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Alaska Krispy Kreme van raided by doughnut-loving mama bear, cub