Sometimes, a bear will like to get in your trash. Other times, they poke around your porch.
But for a man in South Lake Tahoe, his latest experience with one of the natural predators is something different entirely.
A father and daughter were rolling through a neighborhood when they noticed a bear crossing the street. While already eye-catching, they weren’t prepared for what happened next.
The bear goes on to approach a white truck, before opening the door. Beyond that, the Ursa major then hops in the car, closes the door, and locks it. You know, average everyday bear activities.
The hilarious caption of, “When my dad and I drove up on a bear acting like a grown ass man” is accurate. It was so smooth and casual, one couldn’t be blamed for thinking it was an elaborate prank.
But the reality of the situation is that bears are clever. Dumpsters, coolers, and many more items are easy money for bears, and apparently so are trucks. Lock your doors, people.
Rising Bear Populations
Recent reporting from 60 Minutes has shown that grizzly bear populations continue to be on the rise. Due to extended efforts from the U.S. government over the past half-century or so, the grizzly population has tripled.
Federal fish and wildlife officer Hilary Cooley talked about the skyrocketing growth on the program.
“Grizzly bears were listed in 1975 as a threatened species in the lower 48 states,” Cooley said. “They’ve probably more than tripled their numbers and their range now is more than double what it was at the time of listing… Bears can be really hard to live with. They kill livestock. There are producers in that area who have 20, 30 cows a year killed by grizzly bears… it’s a lot. It’s a big impact.”
So while bringing grizzlies back from possible extinction is a great achievement, new problems arise. Especially if they’re going to be opening up car doors.