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Hotel guests in Montana surprised by black bear in women’s bathroom

The bear reportedly climbed inside through a window and went to sleep.

A black bear was caught on video in the women’s bathroom of Buck’s T-4 Lodge in Montana.
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A hotel in Montana had an unexpected guest this week: a black bear in the women’s bathroom.

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, September 1, 2019

Buck’s T-4 Lodge in Big Sky, Montana shared the video on Facebook, which has since been shared more than 1,000 times, including by CNN and Fox News.

According to the Facebook post, the yearling black bear made its way inside through an open window.

“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,” David O’Connor, co-owner and general manager of the lodge, told CNN.

The hotel staff tried to let the bear go out on its own, but when the animal showed no interest in leaving, they called in wildlife officials from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, according to Fox.

Buck’s T-4 Lodge is near Yellowstone National Park, where black bears are common. As reported by CNN, the FWP issued a statement warning that Montana is “bear country with populations of grizzly and black bears” that are “increasingly active in the fall months seeking food before denning season.”

Fortunately, FWP safely tranquilized the bear and removed it for tagging.

In its Facebook post, Buck’s T-4 Lodge called it a “once-in-a-lifetime experience,” and stated that the incident “provided a great opportunity for folks to learn a little bit about wildlife management.”