A bear walks into a bar…

Throwing out visitors who overstay their welcome is a common late night practice in downtown bars. But one guest on Monday night was particularly unwelcome at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar.

Take a look at this video posted on the Alaskan Bar’s Facebook page:

Around 9:15 p.m., C. Scott Fry, the hotel and bar manager, watched the black bear walk down the sidewalk past the hotel  lobby.

“And as soon as he got to the bar door, it made a left and walked in like he wanted to have a beer,” Fry said.

Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy was tending bar last night. She says it had been quiet up to that point. She realized the bear was inside and freaked out.

She yelled, “No bear! Get out! No! You can’t be in here!'”

Within seconds, the black bear obliged. It looked underage, too, she quips.

Area management biologist Ryan Scott with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game recalls bears visiting Bartlett Regional Hospital and private homes. But, he says, bears going inside buildings is rare.

“Sounds to me like they did great, and it’s good news the bear did oblige,” Scott said.

Alaska wildlife officials have put down two nuisance bears in Juneau this summer.

(Editor’s note: This story was updated with additional comment from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Full disclosure: Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy is a friend of the reporter. Also, the entire Facebook post was included in an earlier version of this story, but stability problems led us to just embed the video.)

Jeremy Hsieh

Local News Reporter, KTOO

I dig into questions about the forces and institutions that shape Juneau, big and small, delightful and outrageous. What stirs you up about how Juneau is built and how the city works?

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