The headline alone makes this a very Colorado story.
Authorities are trying to figure out how a medium-sized bear entered and locked itself inside a Subaru on Tuesday morning.
It happened just before 9 a.m. along Upper Cold Springs Gulch road in Golden. Deputies Tillman and McLaughlin responded to the scene.
“How’d you get in there bear?” one of the deputies says to the bear in a video posted on YouTube.
Deputies believe the bear may have entered through an unlocked door that closed after he was inside the vehicle. Based on moisture on the windows, deputies say the bear had been inside the Subaru for a while.
“He looked like a dog inside the car just jumping back and forth from front to back,” said Deputy Josh Tillman. “He just demolished the car,”
Annie Bruecker can vouch for the damage and the smell.
“It’s like wet dog, but a little worse than wet dog,” Bruecker said.
Bruecker said her 2005 Subaru Outback was parked in her driveway overnight. She left her doors unlocked, which she said, she typically doesn’t do. Her mom woke her up Tuesday morning after discovering the black bear trapped inside the SUV.
“She screamed from downstairs,” Bruecker said. “She said, ‘Annie, there’s a bear in your car.’ And I thought that she meant that it broke a window, and I was like, ‘okay, that’s life.’ But, no she actually meant that it was in my car.”
Deputies Tillman and McLaughlin answered the call and deliberated before deciding the best option was to pop the hatch to release the bear.
Deputy McLaughlin manually opened the door while deputy Tillman stood nearby with a shotgun, in case anything dangerous were to happen.
Thankfully, the bear was mainly interested in getting back into the wild, making a run for the forest as soon as the hatch was popped.
No windows were broken, but the interior of the vehicle was destroyed.
“My steering wheel was chewed as was every other piece of my car,” Bruecker said.
“Oh my,” one of the deputies says in the Youtube video while showing some of the bear-related damage to the car, which included door panels being ripped out.
The deputies warned campers at the nearby Chief Hosa Campground about the bear, urging them to be cautious.
“Bears are unpredictable,” said Deputy Tillman. “And they’re starting to realize how to do a lot of human activity.”