Bold bear snatches ice cream from freezer |

Bold bear snatches ice cream from freezer

Jane Reuter

SUMMIT COUNTY – A bear with a sweet tooth is roaming Hamilton Creek.

Kim – and the aptly named Yogi – Hebron said a large black bear nabbed a half-gallon of Rocky Road ice cream from their garage freezer Wednesday night.

The bear had to walk through the garage door and around some cars before standing up and opening the top of a refrigerator/freezer. He skipped the main course and headed straight for dessert, Yogi Hebron said.

“There was venison and beef in there,” he said. “He didn’t take any of that.”

The Hebrons first noticed the empty Rocky Road container on the sidewalk when they stepped outside Wednesday. Then they noticed the freezer door was open.

“We all went out to look (at the container), and when we turned around, there was a bear right behind us on the deck,” Yogi Hebron said. “We ran into the garage and closed the door.

“He was big and real black. He was very healthy. I’ve seen a lot of bears, and this one was big. My friend and I just went out and scared him away.” The bear was thwarted, Yogi added, when he tried to come back for a container of cookies “n cream.

Yogi Hebron said the animal didn’t damage his garage or freezer and left no trace of his visit but the empty container and a large paw print on the freezer door.

The Hebrons, who live high atop the Silverthorne- area subdivision on Lakeview Circle, said they haven’t had bear problems for about five years. They want to alert their neighbors to the ice cream-loving ursine.

“We hope that future bear sighters will be so kind as to write to you too, so we can follow the course of this unbearable situation,” Kim Hebron wrote in an e-mail to the Summit Daily.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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