The guests and the staff at a lodge in Big Sky, Montana, were surprised after they saw a little black bear relaxing on the countertop of a women’s bathroom.
During an interview with David O’Connor, the co-owner and the General Manager of Buck’s T-4 Lodge, he told CNN that they heard noises coming from a female bathroom. This led him and his staff to investigate.
When David and his staff opened the door of the restroom, they were surprised and overwhelmed with what they saw.
David saw a young black bear chillin’ like a villain on the countertop of the women’s bathroom.
David said, “We heard a bit of a racket in the lobby … Sure enough, the bear had found a window with enough of an opening to get into the ladies’ room by the lobby.”
He added, “The bear wasn’t able to get himself back out as the window was too high, but he was real comfortable there. He just hung out on the counter where it was cool, and literally went to sleep.”
The Buck’s T-4 Lodge shared pictures and images of the incident.
We had a surprise visitor last night in the hotel lobby. A yearling black bear found its way through a window into the ladies' room. Huge shoutout to Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for keeping our guests safe, while recognizing what a once-in-a-lifetime experience it was. They were professional and safe, and provided a great opportunity for folks to learn a little bit about wildlife management. #buckst4 #visitbigsky #yellowstonecountry #beyondyellowstone
Posted by Buck's T-4 Lodge & Restaurant on Sunday, 1 September 2019
They also called the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to inform them about the black bear.
Wildlife officials safely removed the bear from the bathroom, they are currently planning to relocate the bear and release it into the wild.
David told CNN, “Once the bear was tranquilized and asleep, (wildlife officials) checked its vitals, did some basic medical checks to make sure he was healthy, and healthy enough to be transported.”
David said with the arrival of autumn, bears are roaming around and are searching for food.
FWP said in a statement, “With the arrival of autumn, bears are increasingly active and searching for food sources … Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reminding the public to secure food attractants and Be Bear Aware.”
Montana is a bear country with a lot of black bears and grizzly bears.
During the fall months, bears come out and seek food before the winter season comes.