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Bear Breaks Into Vehicle

By: Kris Hazelton

Even though we’re now into late fall, be aware that not all of the bears have hibernated yet.

Just last week, Lisa and Dave Devine had their vehicle broken into and destroyed by a hungry bruin, looking for food.

The car was parked in the driveway of the family home in Glen Haven when it was broken into. As evidenced by paw prints, the bear popped open the door and hopped in, looking for food. The bear clawed at the dashboard, glove box and door panels, ripped the seats and chewed on anything he could as he searched the vehicle for anything edible.

When the family got up in the morning, they noticed their car sitting in the driveway with the doors wide open and wondered what had happened. Imagine their shock when they found the interior of their car torn to shreds! It didn’t take long to figure out that a bear had done all of this damage to their car, which left the car undrivable.

According to the Devines who know about bears and keep the interior of their car free of food items, there wasn’t any food in the car but they did have some scented lotion in the back seat which is most likely what attracted the bear to their vehicle.

After having the car towed to the body shop, the estimate the family got was $13,000 to have it repaired.

This is a good reminder for us all to always lock your vehicle (though some bears have even learned to open locked doors) and make sure that you don’t leave any food of any kind in your vehicle that might attract a bear. All windows should be rolled up tight, with no open gaps so a bear cannot put his paw into the opening and shatter your window to gain entry.

Even non food items you might have in your car such as chapstick, gum or gum wrappers, soaps, lotions and air fresheners will attract a bear.

It is also extremely important to keep your car interior clean to prevent bear break-ins. Look under seats, vacuum, and make sure there are no leftover foods or food containers in your car.

The incident is a good reminder for us all to be bear aware at any time of year.

Photos courtesy Lisa Devine

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