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Colorado homeowner captures video of bear opening front door

A Colorado homeowner has captured a video of a bear opening his property’s front door in a human-like manner. 

The footage, taken in the northern Colorado city of Steamboat Springs, involved two young black bear cubs, according to TMX News. 

The video shows one of the bears getting onto its hind legs before using its paw to turn the handle of the home’s front door. 

As the bear starts walking backward to open the door – with its partner looking on – the homeowner starts banging on a nearby window to scare the animals off. 

A second video taken by the homeowner later showed the two cubs walking around the property next to its larger mother. 

Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) says on its website that “Black bears have lived in the foothills and forests of Colorado since long before the pioneers arrived.  

“Today black bears are trying to share space with an ever-growing human population,” it added. “With many more people living and playing in bear country, human-bear encounters are on the rise.” 

The emergence of the homeowner’s video comes as a hunter in nearby Wyoming is facing up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted of killing a federally protected grizzly bear outside Yellowstone National Park. 

That hunter, Patrick Gogerty, of Cody, allegedly claimed he mistook the 530-pound grizzly for a legal-to-hunt black bear, according to The Associated Press. 

Gogerty now faces a charge of chilling a grizzly bear without a license, which is a misdemeanor. 

Fox News’ Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report. 

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