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David Coverdale has been dealing with a recent home invasion.  But he wasn't burglarized -- he was "bear-larized." 

The Whitesnake singer details his weekend bear encounter to Classic Rock Magazine.  The singer explains that he was at his home in Lake Tahoe over the weekend when a 450-to-500-pound black bear "took out two armed screens, opened the fridge, ate his fill," and then left his own, more personal mess. 

Coverdale says he went upstairs and, unable to find his air horns, simply "shouted like crazy" to interrupt the bear and scare him away.  The rocker adds that he didn't know how the bear got in until he saw the animal "rear up on its hind legs and squeeze out" through a five-to-six-inch opening in the sliding doors - which have "bear poles" that are supposed to prevent humans and wildlife from entering.  David also calls it "heartbreaking" that the bear smashed an antique Tiffany lamp while making its exit. 

Coverdale adds via Twitter that he actually "recognized" this bear, and it was "the third time." 

He also says he's spoken with "the 'bear' authorities" who tell him he's "done everything that was suggested" to make his home "bear proof," which is "obviously, not enough." 

And his bear encounters are apparently not over.  In a tweet Tuesday David says "it must be a Teddy Bears Picnic" since "another bear just wandered into the gardens."  But the rocker also seems to enjoy the intruders -- at least outside his home -- adding, "isn't nature wonderful??" 

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