The 125 pound female was first spotted in the mall parking lot when, according to TribLive
, customers chased the year old cub with their cars sending the terrified animal running for shelter. Witness Matt Marcinik says, "It was just running across the parking lot. It was the strangest thing." "It wasn't angry, it was afraid."
The bear headed toward the Sears Grand Store and when the automatic doors opened, she ran inside.
Shoppers say store staff warned them to get out. Michelle Eckert tells CBS
, “They get on the speaker and they’re telling us to like go towards a certain exit in the store, and it was weird. And then, he came on again and they said a few different things. The voice seemed calm but slightly panicked.” “And then, as we’re walking casually – there’s like a group of us – and as we got to the exit, the one employee says, ‘there’s a bear!’ And we all look at each other, and we just run out.”
The mall was evacuated as wildlife conservation officials trapped the bear between the double doors and shot it with a tranquilizer gun. But the bear had other plans and wandered around the store for about an hour before finally falling asleep.
Nobody was hurt. Officials are still trying to decide where they will take the bear cub.