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Gingersnap
10-16-2009, 11:51 AM
Car thief turns out to be a bear
By Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post

Posted: 10/15/2009 05:08:14 PM MDT
Updated: 10/15/2009 05:37:34 PM MDT

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The young bear that got trapped in a car near Florrisant. (Teller County Sheriff's Office)

As the bear rummaged around the car causing extensive damage, the door closed and it couldn't figure how to get out. (Teller County Sheriff's Office )The car alarm was blaring, and there was a light moving around inside.

A couple in the Colorado Mountain Estates subdivision near Florissant thought someone was trying to steal their car early Wednesday.

When deputies from the Teller County Sheriff's Office responded at about 2:30 a.m., they discovered a young bear in the car.

The bear was as surprised to see the deputies as the deputies were to see the bear, said Mikel Baker, spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office.

One of the two deputies took some pictures of the bear, opened the car door, and the bear was gone in a flash, said Baker.

According to Baker and Teller County Sheriff Kevin Dougherty, this bear like so many others was

After deputies opened the car door, the bear was gone in a flash. (Teller County Sheriff's Office )very smart and had learned how to open car doors.

But as the bear rummaged around the car causing extensive damage, the door closed and it couldn't figure how to get out.

The light the couple saw moving in the car was the dome light of the vehicle, which momentarily wrapped around the bear's head, said Dougherty.

Baker said that bears are extremely hungry as they prepare for hibernation. No food should be left in a car, she said, as bruins, with their keen sense of smell, will detect the food and try to get inside.

In recent years, one bear practically destroyed a car after yogurt was left in it. Afterward, investigators found yogurt smeared throughout the car, said Baker.

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noonwitch
10-16-2009, 01:46 PM
Poor, hungry bear. The picture is great, though, it looks almost like he's behind the wheel and ready to drive away.

linda22003
10-16-2009, 01:46 PM
Poor, hungry bear. The picture is great, though, it looks almost like he's behind the wheel and ready to drive away.

It looks more like he got caught trying to hotwire it. :p