Gotta go, my ride’s here.
Typically when officers respond to a vehicular trespassing call, they expect to find a broken window, maybe some stolen items. What they don’t expect: A WILD, HUNGRY BLACK BEAR.
That’s exactly what happened in Boulder County, Colorado earlier this week. Somehow, while the vehicle’s owner was away, the bear managed to break into the car. But he wasn’t able to get out. The door closed behind the bear, trapping him inside.
Our deputies responded to a vehicle trespass with an….usual suspect. A bear broke into a car and locked himself in….
He looks super cranky about the whole thing.
A sheriff deputy opened the hatch, while another aimed a firearm at the bear, just in case the situation got ugly. Luckily, the bear was in a hurry to get back to the woods and nobody was hurt. The Boulder County Sheriff’s office issued some advice if you live in a hungry bear’s territory. Gotta be honest, I had no idea that sunscreen attracted bears.
1) Don’t feed birds while bears are active. Attract birds with water feeders, plantings and nest boxes instead.
2) Store garbage in bear-resistant containers, enclosures or buildings.
3) Put trash out the morning of pick up, not the night before.
4) Keep bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked at night.
5) Keep garage doors closed. Lock the door between the house and the garage.
6) Don’t leave anything inside your vehicle that could attract a bear. That includes sun tan lotion, hand crème and air fresheners, along with empty food wrappers and packaging.
7) Don’t leave pet food or empty pet food dishes outside. Store pet food in a secure enclosure.
8)Put chickens and small livestock in a secure pen at night or electric fence their enclosure.
9) Pick fruit and produce as soon as, or just before, it ripens.
10) Unwelcome mats and electric fencing are proven ways to keep bears out.
Stay safe, keep your doors locked, and avoid bears whenever possible.
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