Who’s ready for the bear revolt? We’ve seen bears invade houses before, including one who broke into a Vail, Colorado home and played the piano, but this past week’s seen a couple of perhaps even stranger stories about bears. First, on Friday, a bear broke into a SUV in Durango, Colorado, and managed to take it for a drive:
A bear that broke into an SUV early Friday in Durango took it for a short ride, rolling it out of a driveway and crashing it into a mailbox.
The commotion woke Ron Cornelius and his wife, who found the trashed Subaru in their yard on Timberline Drive in Southwest Colorado.
“Usually, I don’t get up at 5 o’clock unless there is a bear driving a car down the street,” Cornelius joked.
After the bear broke into the car, it likely released the parking brake somehow, he said.
The best part of that story? They called 911, because they weren’t sure if people were to blame and/or still in the vehicle. But an investigation proved it was a bear, in a rather interesting manner:
La Plata County Sheriff’s Office deputies determined a bear was to blame, because it defecated in the car, likely because it was nervous, Cornelius said.
It also ripped up the interior of the vehicle. It pulled the steering wheel straight off the shaft, ripped the radio out of the dash and busted out the back window.
“It would have taken a human being hours to do what this bear did in a couple minutes,” he said.
But that bear got away to defecate another day. A sadder story about bears comes from Coquitlam, British Columbia, where police officers shot a bear after it broke into a house and opened the fridge:
A smart bear that figured out how to open a fridge was killed for its curiosity and for the threat it may have posed to the public.
On Saturday, Coquitlam RCMP and conservation officers were called to Muirfield Place on Westwood Plateau, where a bear walked through a homes open door and made for the fridge.
In news reports, the bear entered the home just after noon while the owner was sleeping on the couch.
The homeowner heard the noise and and startled the bear, which ran off, according to CKNW.
The bear had left the area by the time conservation officers and Mounties arrived but police later spotted the bruin and received permission to shoot it.
“A bear that gets into a house and gets a reward can be a public safety issue and must be destroyed,” a spokesperson from the Ministry of Environment said in an email. “The bear somehow knew how to open a fridge door to get access to food, so most likely has done it before.”
Clearly, the second bear needed a better bear getaway driver.