PARK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A bear found an opportunity by getting inside a truck in South Park in Park County on Tuesday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers shared images of the stuck bear and the extensive damage it left behind.
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Officers say drivers should not leave their vehicle doors unlocked, nor should they leave anything with a scent inside.
“Bears are very intelligent animals and can open car doors as easily as a human can. However, they often get trapped inside after the door closes behind them,” CPW stated on social media.
A bear got into a truck in #SouthPark on Tuesday & caused extensive damage. Follow a couple of simple steps to prevent bears from getting into cars.
— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) September 21, 2021
An officer later opened the door to let the bear out, which then ran away.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, during late summer and early fall, bears need 20,000 calories a day to gain enough fat to survive the winter without eating or drinking.