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After a Montana fiancé found a large black bear in his living room, he shot and killed the beast who had entered the couple's rural home through a screen window.

A Montana couple had an unwanted visitor in their living room when they discovered a black bear. They took matters into their hands and shot and killed the intruder.

Seeley Oblander, her fiance Thomas Bolkcom and their dog Maizey were awakened by a ferocious barking at 3 am. Bolkcom walked down to investigate after initially dismissing the noise, thinking that a raccoon, or perhaps a small skunk, had caught the dog’s eye .

A black bear’s body is seen being dragged out after it was shot and killed in Luther, Mont., on Thursday, August 3, 2023.

After breaking into a home, a black bear was shot by a homeowner and killed. (Seeley Olander via AP).

Oblander reported that when Bolkcom, an elk-hunter and commercial painter, investigated and tried to coax his Labrador/pitbull mix downstairs, Bolkcom found ” a black bear standing five feet away” in the living area.

Bolkcom, wearing only a T shirt and underwear, ran downstairs to get a pistol and then returned to the living area where he shot at the bear. Bolkcom shot it several times after the bear ran into the sunroom of the couple.



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Oblander said that her soon-to be husband did a great job for his quick response.

She said, “I had no idea there was a bear at our house. It was a rude awakening to be awakened by screams of alarm at 3 in the morning.” Tom handled it. I stayed downstairs, with the dogs to keep them away from the bear. He did an excellent job.”

He did an excellent job.


— Seeley Oblander

A black bear’s body is seen being dragged out after it was shot and killed in Luther, Mont., on Thursday, August 3, 2023.

The couple, with a dead bear and a blood trail around their home, called their fathers as well as Bolkcom’s brothers. The group brought the huge bruin to the couple’s yard, located in rural Luther Montana.



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The bear was estimated to be between 250 and 300 pounds, according to a local warden.

Rocky Oblander stated, “At the very least, nobody was hurt.” It’s too bad because it was , a beautiful bear.

The homeowner shot a bear after it broke through a broken screened door to enter a home in Luther, Mont.

The homeowner shot a bear after it broke through a broken screened door to enter a home in Luther, Montana, on Thursday, August 3, 2023.

Chrissy Web, a spokesperson for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said the warden had determined that the shooting was justified as self-defense. The warden said that the large animal had sneaked through the couple’s screen window and settled in.

Webb stated that this was a very unusual behavior for a bear to enter a house. This large male black beaver died because attractants were improperly stored in the community.




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In the spring, bears are more active. They have been seen in a pool in Southern California, in a backyard in Maine, and even in a garage in Idaho.


This report was contributed by The Associated Press.

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