Large bear lumbers into Connecticut bakery, feasts on 60 cupcakes

That’s not bear-y sweet.

Employees of a Connecticut bakery were left shaken after a black bear strolled into the store on Wednesday morning and made off with dozens of cupcakes.

The unexpected encounter at Taste by Spellbound in Avon happened as a worker was loading up the last bit of tasty treats into a van for deliveries when she saw the bear staring right at her, the shop’s owner said in a social media post.

“All of the sudden we hear her screaming bloody murder and then yelling ‘there’s a bear in the garage!’” the store owner said in an Instagram post.

Footage obtained by WTNH shows the bear creeping into the garage after laying low near a dumpster.

Calling the encounter “a little shocking,” worker Maureen Williams told the news station she screamed at the bear, but the animal came back three times before she could close the garage door.

The bear was caught on footage obtained by a local station.
The bear made his move Wednesday morning.

“At that point, I knew I wasn’t going to shut the door. He was too close. So, I backed myself out and ran,” she said.

Video shows the bear at one point carrying out a box of cupcakes and then feasting on about 60 of them just outside the garage.

The bakery finally got the bear to fully retreat in peace when one of the bakers got in their car and drove around back, Williams explained to WTNH.

“And found him sitting there eating all of our stuff,” she said.

“[They] honked on the horn quite a bit to get him to go away, and finally he went away.”

One worker detailed the terrifying ordeal.
One worker detailed the terrifying ordeal.

“There have been many instances over the past three years being at this location that we’ve started to go outside and literally have to run back in because there’s a bear in the trash, and we always joked about one coming in,” store owner Miriam Stephens told CT Insider Thursday.

“But that was a joke. Until yesterday…it decided to.”

Matt Dean, of nearby M&R Liquors, told WTNH he found a bear behind the dumpster one day as he was throwing trash out.

“I will think twice any time I put trash out late at night, that is for sure,” he said.

Bear encounters are not uncommon in the area.

Taste by Spellbound
Taste by Spellbound is the bakery that dealt with the bear encounter.

Last month, an Avon woman was bitten by a bear while she was walking her dog on a trail, according to NBC CT.

“Just here,” the unidentified woman told an Environmental Conservation police officer as she pointed to her leg, according to body camera footage obtained by the station.

“Little bite here.”

Another bear earlier this month tried to break into an Avon home to reach a bird feeder inside, WTNH previously reported.

There have been more than 2,900 bear sightings in Connecticut this year alone, according to state data.