Black Bear Destroys Car’s Interior After Locking Itself Inside
According to National Geographic’s news website, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in Golden, Colorado, on the morning of July 12. Upon arriving, they found a black bear had somehow locked itself inside of a grey Subaru parked in front of a residence. Deputies were baffled by the incident, since there were no broken windows or signs of forced entry.
The black bear had apparently entered the vehicle sometime the night before and had disabled the interior’s door handles in the process of ripping apart the vehicle’s interior. The car belonging to 17-year-old Annie Bruecker suffered severe damage to the interior upholstery and roof.
Colorado bear in car not a first
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. According to Matt Robins, Colorado’s Public Parks and Wildlife’s public information officer, “At least twice a year, we see bears getting into cars,” he says. “We encourage campers and people close to bear habitats to lock their doors, [since] bears are extremely bright.”
After about 15 minutes, deputies were able to unlock and open the vehicle’s hatch from the outside, allowing the bear to run off into the woods. “It was kind of a little bit of a startling moment when he jumped out of the vehicle,” said Deputy Josh Tillman.