Hank the Tank the 35st bear breaking into houses as hes not afraid of humans

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A 500-pound black bear known as ‘Hank the Tank’ keeps breaking into people's homes and causing chaos.

The mischievous creature has prompted at least 150 concerned phone calls to authorities in California.

Both residents and wildlife officials are unsure what to do about the bear, who appears to be no longer afraid of humans.

Peter Tira, a Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman, told CBS Sacramento: “These are neighbourhoods, there’s a lot of people around, traffic and cars. So, we have to do this in a way that is safe for both the public and the bear itself.

“This is a severely food habituated bear. What that means is this is a bear that has lost all fear of people and it sees people and homes as a source of food.”

Most recently Hank broke into a home in South Lake Tahoe on February 18.

Hank broke “a small window and squeezed into the home, where the homeowners had no idea how to get him out", local police said.

“Officers responded and banged on the outside of the house until Hank came out the back door. They then stayed in the area to ensure he continued on his way without damaging or entering other homes.”

However Hank is not alone, as environmental experts claim that climate-driven conditions across North America are making food scares – forcing bears to venture into human territory.

“Things like drought, that affects bear foods,” John Hechtel, president of the International Association for Bear Research and Management told The Independant.

“It can affect berry production. It can affect returns of salmon to certain streams … if the water temperatures get too hot or if there’s not enough water in the stream system to allow adequate salmon.

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"There’s a lot of sort of interconnected relationships between climate, the habitat and potential food sources.”

He added: “It can be fairly indirect, like warmer temperatures that, in the wintertime, allow beetle larvae to expand their range and to attack trees that produce food sources for bears.

"It can be fires that take out habitats."

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