MISSOULA - Authorities say they safely retrieved a sleepy black bear who'd climbed inside a closet.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office says they responded to a call at 5:45 AM on Friday, June 21 for a bear stuck inside a home. Deputies found that a black bear entered through the house's mud room, got stuck inside and started to rip the room apart. When they found the bear, he was napping on an upper shelf in a closet.

Deputies say they opened the door and tried to get him to leave, only to be met with "more big bear yawns."

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials helped tranquilize and relocate the bear. 

The sheriff's office says it's a good idea to lock your doors in bear country. 

Read the press release in full:

WOW!!! WHAT A DAY! Today at approximately 5:45am deputies responded to a call up Butler Creek for a bear stuck inside a home. When deputies arrived, they discovered this black bear had opened the door to the mudroom of this residence and somehow managed to deadbolt the door from inside. After being unable to leave, the bear began ripping the room apart but then decided he was tired and climbed up into the closet for a nap.

When deputies knocked on the window, the bear was not the least bit impressed. He slowly stretched, yawned and, unamused, looked toward the door. Eventually, deputies were able to unlock the door in hopes he would hop down and leave. However, their attempts were only met with more big bear yawns.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks showed up to assist and tranquilized the bear so he could be relocated. The homeowners were glad he was removed in good health, but won’t soon forget when this intruder came looking for the bear necessities!

Sidenote: This is another good reason to lock up, as we also have unconfirmed reports that he tried two other closets before he decided this one was juuuuuust right (kidding)! But seriously, lock up!

 Photos: Missoula County Sheriff's Office

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