A hungry bear tried to use the door handle to break into a pickup truck in a bizarre but all-too-familiar moment captured on security camera.
CCTV footage of the trial, captured in Larkspur, Colorado, shows the bear sauntering toward the parked vehicle.
After making sure no one is around, the furry wannabe criminal stands on his hind legs and pulls the driver’s door handle.
Realizing the truck is locked, the bear falls back on all fours and casually strolls back into the woods.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) shared the footage on social media on May 26, saying, “To keep a bear out of your car, lock your doors!”
“This smart homeowner did it and his truck didn’t even get a scratch.”
CPW and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reminded residents to keep their vehicles and garages locked at all times to prevent pet entry.
In its statement, CPW said: “Property crime (burglary, theft and auto theft) has increased by eight percent.
“This, along with recent incidents of bears entering cars or garages in search of food, triggers this elemental memory.
“In the city of Larkspur alone, CPW has already received reports of three vehicles being broken into by bears this spring, and three more reports of bears entering open garages as recently as May 22.”
CPW Wildlife Officer Sean Dodd explained: “Bears have an extremely keen sense of smell and excellent memory, and once they learn of a reliable food source, they often return.
“Anything that carries an odor should be removed from your car. This includes small items like lip gloss or sunscreen, or scraps of food hiding under your seats that your kids may have dropped.
“Both cases have already resulted in bears breaking into cars in Larkspur this spring.”
CPW added: “To keep a bear out of your car, you should first remove all attractants from vehicles.
“Make sure you don’t leave anything with an odor that might attract a bear. Second, make sure your car doors are always locked and windows open.
“Bears are very intelligent animals and can open car doors as easily as a human.
“This April 29 video in Larkspur is an example of a locked car door keeping a bear out.
“Bears who get in often remain trapped in the car after the door closes behind them.
“If this goes unnoticed, it can cause incredible damage to the vehicle and eventually heat death the bear if it’s there long enough.”
“Bears entering open garages are an annual problem. Open garage doors pose a risk that bears will continue to acclimate because they often find a food reward when inside. CPW asks residents to close garage doors when not in use.”
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.
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