MISSOULA, Mont. -

Employees at the Days Inn at Muralt's Travel Plaza west of Missoula got a big surprise this afternoon.

A mama bear and her two cubs decided to call a tree in the plaza parking lot home.

We're told an employee went outside for her break when a cub approached her and licked her boot.

Employees chased the bears up a nearby tree and called FWP.

Days Inn provided pillows to cushion the bears' landing as they were tranquilized and lowered from the tree by wildlife specialists. One by one the bears were safely removed.

We'll have more information for you tonight on the News at Ten and and here on nbcmontana.com.