updated 6/18/2009 10:44:01 AM ET 2009-06-18T14:44:01

A western Colorado woman said a "very graceful, very calm" bear crawled into her house through a pet door, ate a bowl of dog food, uprooted some herbs in pots and then left after about 10 minutes.

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Brenda Freeman said the encounter occurred Saturday at her and her husband's home.

Freeman said they spotted the bear in their mudroom after their 120-pound dog let out a combination bark and growl.

They closed the door from the mudroom to the kitchen, then watched through a window as the bear explored the room and chowed down.

Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton said bears normally eat berries this time of year, but a wet spring has kept bushes flowering longer instead of producing fruit.

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