Bear wanders into bar: Bar-hopping bruin toast of Lonigan's Saloon in Estes Park, Colo.

ESTES PARK, Colo. - A bar-hopping bear didn't draw any attention when he lumbered across the dance floor at Lonigan's Saloon in Estes Park, Colo., last week.

The big black bear ambled through an open back door about 9:15 p.m. on July 18, and onto the bar's empty dance floor, said Debbie Callahan, who owns Lonigan's with her husband, David.

The bear waddled up to the double doors leading to the front room, where patrons were drinking, talking and listening to music.

A man walking home behind the bar spotted the bear going in and shouted to alert people inside, Debbie Callahan said. But the bar crowd in the front didn't hear the man -- or realize the bear was headed their way, possibly because of the noise.

The bear never joined the crowd.The man's yelling got its attention and, like a big dog, it followed the man out the back door.

"No one was aware of it," Debbie Callahan said, adding that the man who got the bear to leave didn't come inside to tell people what they missed.

The Callahans didn't realize what happened until the man posted a photo he took of the bar-crashing bear on Facebook.

"It kind of went crazy from there," said Debbie Callahan, who found video of the bear sauntering through a back room on the bar's security camera.

"It was a huge, huge bear, you can tell from the video," she said.

David Callahan estimates the bear weighed about 350 pounds and, if it stood on its hind legs, would be over 6 feet tall.

The uninvited guest has drawn plenty of newspaper and TV news coverage and Lonigans' owners and patrons turn on the TV when their bear video airs.

"Everybody was clapping and getting a kick out of," Debbie Callahan said.

The couple said this is the second time a bruin has visited the bar. The first bear waltzed in about six years ago -- again causing no harm and leaving peacefully.

During warm summer nights employees usually leave the back door open and ceiling fans on for a cooling breeze because, like most Estes Park establishments, it doesn't have air conditioning.

"The bears seem to be more active this year, so we did start closing the back door at dark, so we won't get any more visitors," Debbie Callahan said.

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