Gourd try! Hungry bear struggles to steal huge pumpkin from porch in comedic doorbell CCTV footage

Gourd try! Hungry bear struggles to steal huge pumpkin from porch in comedic doorbell CCTV footage

  • A black bear destroyed decorative gourds and tried to steal a pumpkin
  • Ashley Larose Nest from Ontario, Canada, captured the thief’s fumbles
  • He tripped, tripped and fell over trying to get away with the stolen pumpkin


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A bear started trick-or-treating early when he tried to sweep a large pumpkin off a porch in Ontario, Canada, after eating the other gourds on display.

The furry four-legged thief struggles to steal the gourd from a porch in the dark, in camera footage of the doorbell shared by the owner of the house.

The black bear rolled the pumpkin off the porch and clumsily tried to carry it away, knocking over a plant pot.

The festive treat slid around in the bear’s paws as the animal stumbled back and forth trying to get a hold of it.

In the hilarious footage captured by Ashley Larose of Sudbury, the pumpkin poacher struggles to stay upright as he falls and stumbles to try and get away with the festive vegetable.

In another attempt, the bear tried to sink his teeth into the pumpkin while standing on two hind legs.

The black bear falls on his butt in a failed attempt to get away with the pumpkin he discovers on a porch in Ontario, Canada

The black bear falls on his butt while failing to get away with the pumpkin he discovers on a porch in Ontario, Canada

The thief rolls the festive vegetable to him

The thief rolls the festive vegetable to him

The bear claws at the pumpkin as it rolls around

The bear claws at the pumpkin as it rolls around

The bear rolls the festive vegetable towards him, knocking over a plant pot

But again it dropped the gourd in a hasty retreat.

Larose later said, “It came out exploring after we set out our fall decorations and even ate some pumpkins before trying to go for the biggest of the bunch.

“We found it a few feet away, still intact — it must have been just too much work for a full belly.”

The bear tries to get away with the pumpkin on its hind legs, but drops it and stumbles forward

The bear tries to get away with the pumpkin on its hind legs, but drops it and stumbles forward

The bear tries to get away with the pumpkin on its hind legs, but drops it and stumbles forward

She added that the bear “probably learned from his mother that this is a great neighborhood for snacks from a garden or compost.”

In some cases, wildlife experts have warned against putting decorative pumpkins on the porch.

During the fall, the sweet scent can attract bears, which are stocking up on body fat in preparation for hibernation.

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