Black bears raid Krispy Kreme delivery van on JBER

A mama black bear and her cub had their fill of sweets Tuesday morning in Alaska. (Source: KTUU)
Published: Sep. 14, 2023 at 5:00 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A mama black bear and her cub had their fill of sweets Tuesday morning when they climbed into a van delivering Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and devoured several boxes of the freshly baked treats.

The van was parked on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson when it happened. As a delivery driver was making a regular stop at an Express store on base, he briefly left the van door open to deliver doughnuts to the store. That’s when the mother bear and her cub snuck inside.

“You could hear them breaking open the packages,” said Shelly Deano, manager of the JBER store. “We were trying to beat on the van but they just kept eating all the doughnuts. They ate 20 packages of the doughnut holes and I believe six packages of the three-pack chocolate doughnuts.”

Deano called base security, which eventually got the bears to leave the van by blasting loud sirens. She said they ambled off into the nearby woods.

Candice Sargeant, the general manager of the Krispy Kreme stores on Muldoon and in Wasilla, said her team learned a lesson from the unusual experience.

“We’ll definitely be learning to slide up our ramp, close the doors, to ensure that bears don’t get back in there again,” she said with a laugh.

After seven years in business, she said this was a definitely a first.

If you experience an encounter with wildlife that could leave an animal injured or orphaned, please report it on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.