Bear in your Buick?
– – As do a number of animals, bears continue to acquire skill sets, to learn, and to adapt to human-engineered objects and environments. For this reason, bears have acquired a degree of know-how and finesse, and are able to do things with greater skill and agility than once was the case. There once was a time when a a bear would have smashed a jar of peanut butter to get at its contents; now, bears having exposure to the item and a degree of experience with it can actually unscrew the lid! Bears in some locations have also acquired the ability to get into cars by manipulating door latches. In the past two weeks, three bears have been trapped in cars in Truckee, California. The trouble is that once inside a car, the door may close in on the bear, rendering it trapped within the vehicle. The bear after acquiring the desired food items that prompted its entry into the vehicle then endeavors to get out, with results that aren’t pretty for vehicle interiors, as bears claws are deadly weapons more than capable of trashing a car from within.
When observing a car rocking and bouncing about due to powerful and destructive interior forces, the owner of said vehicle would understandably want to extricate the ursine occupant promptly. In some cases, police have been summoned to remove unwanted ursines from cars; at times, it’s necessary to smash the car windows to do so. In other cases, people have allowed bears to escape simply by opening car doors, and remaining out of the way.
As prevention is obviously desirable, the best way to keep bears out of cars is not to keep fragrant foods within them. Locking the doors is another common-sense precaution…
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