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Seeing bears is a regular occurrence for Canadians, but seeing a bear in a liquor store is a different story.
While a customer from Italy was browsing the shelves of a liquor store in British Columbia in Canada, a rare visitor – a large black bear – opened the door and walked in.
According to Outsider.com, Claudio Brunetti, the owner of the Last Call Liquor Store, located in the town of Revelstoke, said, “He’s called ‘the spirit bear’ because he wandered down the spirits section of the store.”
Brunetti said that he’s used to seeing bears wander down the street in Canada, but he’d never seen one enter his store before. The store owner knew what to do when it became clear that the bear intended to hang out in the store. He called out to the bear, who then turned and walked out of the store.
Some Canadian organizations are worried that bears are becoming too comfortable with humans, which could cause human-wildlife conflict.
Community coordinator of wildlife and community protection organization Revelstoke Bear Aware Maggie Spizzirri says, according to Outsider.com, “The concerning thing is having a bear that is habituated. That’s when we can get into human-wildlife conflict.”
Sources say that the same bear browsing the liquor store may also be responsible for area vehicle break-ins, likely searching for food.