Lodge owner Tony Sarp told The Associated Press that the bears' first target was a pantry filled with dry goods.
They destroyed salt, sugar, flour, spices, cake mix and canned goods before moving into the kitchen, where there was no food.That didn't stop them.
"They just literally ate the floor, " Sarp
said."It must have had some grease on it, I guess."
After the bruins successfully pushed in one door, they moved on to others-many of which were made of steel-and entered a total of 18 buildings, destroying freezers, deck railings, windows, incinerators and a popcorn machine.As for the smokehouse, Sarp
said there was nothing left.
The caretaker identified the intruders as a sow with two older cubs and a pair of males, a group he
did not want to deal with alone and in the dark.
The region experienced an unusually warm fall and winter, which probably confused the bears, Sarp
"They didn't know it was November and December.They thought it was still September, I'm sure," he
said, adding that he's
counting on a more normal weather pattern this fall.