Louie’s Pizza owner Louie Sciarotta said a “horde” of high school students had just left his restaurant when the bear was discovered in a back room Monday afternoon. From the Colorado Springs Gazette:
The animal entered through an open door, walked past the restrooms and found its way into the pizzeria’s prep room. There he ate some icing used in Louie’s cini-bread and curled up on the second shelf of a storage rack.
One of the employees, Sawyer Janney, said he was startled when all the commotion began, not by the bear but by a co-worker.
“He just yells ‘bear’ and runs outside,” Janney said.
By the time wildlife officers arrived, the hungry bear had become a sleepy bear.
Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife say the underweight bear cub will be taken to a rehabilitation facility for recovery and then released into the wild.
[Images via Colorado Spring Police Department]