Locals report that a black bear has wandered down from the ridge, with the knowledge of doorknobs and handles. Hungry from winter hibernation, at night it enters cars and houses looking for food. Our hosts have shooed it away from the front door, only to find it pawing in through French doors in back moments later.

It is believed the bear learned this skill from the ski resort above the valley, where transients from the city leave garbage cans full of tasty treats outdoors, and empty cabins are easy pickings after a weekend of parties. Now that the snow is gone and ski season has passed, the bear has gone on walkabout for new people to party with.

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