Bear run! Black bear chills in beer cooler

October 28, 2009 

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) — Grocery shoppers in Hayward got an unexpected surprise when a 125-pound black bear wandered inside and headed straight for the beer cooler.

The bear made his stop Thursday night at Marketplace Foods in Hayward, walking through the automatic doors and heading straight into the liquor department.

The bear calmly climbed up 12 feet onto a shelf in the beer cooler where it sat for about an hour while employees helped evacuate customers and summoned wildlife officials.

Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tranquilized the bear and took it out of the store. Store workers say the bear seemed content in the cooler and didn't consume any alcohol.

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