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article imageColorado bear takes car for joyride

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 26, 2010 in Environment
Larkspur - A bear in Colorado went for an early morning drive in a family’s car while they were still asleep. Once the animal was shut inside it got a bit destructive while trying to find a way out.
The black bear got into the 2008 Toyota Corolla, beeped the horn and then knocked it into neutral, causing it to roll down the inclined driveway about 125 feet into a thicket. When the car came to a stop the door shut, trapping the bear inside.
According to the Huffington Post, 17-year-old Ben Story said a peanut butter sandwich left on the back seat is probably what attracted the bear.
According to The Huffington Post, Tyler Baskfield, a spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said, “It's not unusual for bears to open unlocked doors to cars and houses in search of food. It happens all the time. They're very smart."
911 was called and deputies, using a rope, were able to open the door from a distance. Relieved to be free, the bear ran into the woods.
The bear did a lot of damage to the car’s interior while trapped, and also left what the family called "a present" on the driver's seat.
Last fall a couple in another Colorado community had a bear open their car and managed to get locked inside.
That couple woke up early in the morning and noticed a light moving around inside their car. They later found out the bear got the dome light tangled around its head while trying to find a way out of the vehicle.
One of the deputies who responded to the call took pictures and then opened the car door. That bear also ran off quickly.
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