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Cops Rush To Save Wild Bear Trapped in Car, Owner of Vehicle Learns Expensive Lesson

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Let’s just start with the good news, shall we? Nobody was actually hurt.

Given the nature of this particular insurance nightmare, that could be classified as a minor miracle. But it barely scratches the surface.

Or perhaps the better term here is “bearly.” That’s not an official word, of course, but it certainly fits the situation.

Because odds are, this is probably the wildest story you’ll encounter all day.

Suffice it to say that the starring role belongs to a befuddled black bear. His co-stars include several Colorado cops who managed to keep their cool during a potentially “grizzly” showdown.

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KTVU Fox 2 reports that officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office recently responded to a rather distressed call from the nearby town of Conifer. It seems an inquisitive bear had discovered the interior of a silver Subaru hatchback, and was making himself right at home.



According to bouldercolorado.gov, roughly 12,000 black bears may be currently roaming the backwoods of Colorado. Thankfully, only one of them found the vehicle in question.

“While this Yogi did not pack a pic-a-nic basket,” a sheriff’s office Facebook post noted, “he did enjoy the snacks he found juuuuuuuuuust right inside this car in Conifer before falling asleep.”

Officers mentioned that a half-consumed banana was clearly visible in the cup holder. It would undoubtedly stand to reason that cars containing food emit an appealing aroma for wildlife in search of an easy snack.



Video posted to social media shows deputies moving with exceeding care toward the car. “How did he get in?” inquires one officer, adding that no broken windows seemed evident.

That’s when a humongous bear nose appears at the rear window, and it’s clear that this bear is entirely ready to leave. “He’s pawing at stuff,” an officer observes worriedly, “I hope he doesn’t hit the latch.”

Fortunately for everyone, the bear seemed fairly confused by the inside door handle mechanism. This allowed officers sufficient time to affix a length of rope to the hatch.

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They were then able to step aside, and open the vehicle’s rear entry door from an all-too-narrow distance. Anxious officers then watched apprehensively as the frustrated bear bounded out of the car, and hurtled into the woods.

In terms of bad news, the car’s interior was basically left demolished. But fortunately, the high-tailing bear had been too panicked to go after any humans in the vicinity.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said this incident marked the second time in a single week that a bear had found its way into a car. And police are offering local residents a fairly straightforward solution.

In a word, locks. Law enforcement officials strongly recommend that local vehicle owners make sure door locks are engaged at all times. Or Goldilocks, what have you.

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Mary Bittel is a professional writer, marketer, and published author. She's produced content for several respected media organizations, and dozens of major industries including education, animal welfare, healthcare, finance, non-profit, technology, and entertainment. As an accomplished musician, she's also worked in a therapeutic teaching capacity with developmentally disabled children.
Mary Bittel is a professional writer, marketer, and published author. She's produced content for several respected media organizations, and dozens of major industries including education, animal welfare, healthcare, finance, non-profit, technology, and entertainment. As an accomplished musician, she's also worked in a therapeutic teaching capacity with developmentally disabled children. Additionally, she's an avid animal lover who has spent much of her life rehabilitating abused rescue canines.
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