One Colorado bear had quite a busy night. After a late night in the town of Estes Park, the bear left eight vehicles open. Bear country can be a beautiful place, but it is also very risky. Officials in Colorado try to remind people to lock their cars and windows on their cars and homes. Unless Yogi and Boo-Boo are bumbling through, a bear cannot pick a locked door.
However, there are always going to be people that are a little too trusting. Or, just plain forgot. After residents realized what had happened, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials took to social media. In communities that have bears, often times the animals have adapted to human surroundings.
Bears can seem big and scary, but many times they are just curious creatures looking for a bite to eat. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, bears will open unlocked doors hoping to find a reward on the other side. The post mentioned that not all of the eight vehicles that were broken into had food.
There isn’t a big chance a bear will hurt people in a setting like this. However, waking up in the middle of the night to find a 350lb animal in your Ford Fusion, isn’t exactly comforting. There is a way to avoid this, and it is as simple as locking the door. The point is to make it as difficult as possible for the apex predator to enter your home or vehicle.
Bears Can Be Mischevious
There isn’t much to fear if you live in a populated area with bears. There are pictures and videos of bears wandering into homes and cars all over the internet. However, for many communities, these creatures are bigger and scarier raccoons. They get into the trash, knock over your yard decorations, and try to eat things they shouldn’t.
That doesn’t take away the fact that bears are capable of doing damage. One look at the pictures posted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows some minor damage. Seats with muddy paw prints, maybe a small dent on a door or two, but nothing too bad. These animals could easily break a car window, rip and tear upholstery, and possibly break other parts inside the car.
Wandering bears cause excitement and confusion for many people. Avoiding them is the best thing to do, but for some communities, coexistence is the only way to go. Remembering to lock windows and doors is bear country 101. Now you’ll think twice before leaving that McDonald’s trash on the passenger floorboard.