RIP Rudolph: Inflatable Christmas Decoration Gets Mauled By Black Bear In Nevada Front Yard

Black bear kills Christmas decorations
Dave Lester

“Rudolph just got eaten by a black bear, standing in the front yard Christmas Eve…”

It is officially Christmas season and I am fired up.

Sure, the music does get a bit old at some point and you can only eat so many cookies and candy before starting to grow your own Santa belly, but it’s hard to be in a bad mood as the end of December approaches when the trees are up and the lights have been hung.

But for as much as most people love seeing Christmas decorations up on everyone’s house, it turns out that wild animals may not be as excited about it. Last year, a man in Zephyr Cove, Nevada was treated to quite a scene when he woke up at his house near Lake Tahoe.

Dave Lester had his house all decked out for the holidays, and while I’m sure the kids loved it, at least one member of Nevada’s wildlife was less than a fan. A security camera captured footage where a Grinch of a black bear mounted a sneak attack on an inflatable Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and it gave it a heck of a mauling, biting down on the hind side while holding it down and even ripped open a leg.

He posted the video to Facebook, letting the world know that Rudolph, tragically, hadn’t survived the attack…

“Sad news, woke up this morning to Rudolph laying on the ground unresponsive. No amount of CPR or duct tape could revive him. Upon reviewing my Ring cam video, it appears that a hungry Tahoe Bear was not in the Christmas spirit.

RIP Rudolph. He was only 2 years old.”

He also spoke to KTVU, noting that it wasn’t the first time bears have meddled with his decorations.

“They have a little route they use where they walk right in front of the houses… There were a couple stare downs last year but for some reason he just figured he was going to make a meal out of Rudolph”

Might be time for Rudolph to bump up the security…

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock