A B.C. family is grateful to be alive after waking up to find a hungry grizzly bear feasting in their kitchen.
Mark Traverse of Kimberley, B.C., shot and killed a grizzly bear in his kitchen after the family dog's non-stop barking woke his wife up early on Sunday morning. (Niki Traverse)
When Niki Traverse's small Jack Russell terrier Sid wouldn't stop barking at 5 a.m. Sunday, she knew something was wrong.
"My dog was at our bedroom door going crazy. Losing his mind. I've never heard him bark like that," said Traverse, who lives in the small mountain community with her husband and 13-year-old son. Kimberley is in southeastern B.C.'s Kootenay region.
So she put on her robe and went to see what was going on.
When she stepped in to the kitchen Traverse saw the outline of a large male grizzly bear.
It had pushed in a screen and climbed through a window which the family had left open because of the warm weather.
"It started eating cat food and dog food. Didn't even touch the garbage," she said.