Colorado sheriff deputies rescued a bear which had somehow managed to lock itself inside a car on Tuesday morning.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies Josh Tillman and Brian McLaughlin were astonished to see the bear trapped inside the parked Subaru. They wrote in a news release on Facebook:
No windows were broken. The door handles weren’t the kind you lift up. And yet somehow this medium-sized bear managed to open a door, crawl inside and close the door behind him.
Colorado deputies received an usual animal-related call on Tuesday morning when they responded to a report of a bear that somehow locked itself inside a car. The bear shown below looking out the rear window.
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Deputies Josh Tillman and Brian McLaughlin of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene that morning and were baffled by how the bear got trapped inside the parked Subaru in Genessee, Colorado.
The tip of the bear’s snout shown as it looks out a car window. Annie Bruecker, 17, had reported the unusual incident to police after she was about to head to work but found the animal inside her car.
Deputies said after some deliberation, they decided the safest and quickest way to free the bear was to open the hatch, which they did manually, allowing the bear to escape (shown below after the hatch was opened).
One of the deputies had a shotgun just in case but the bear had no interest in the deputies and instead ran into some nearby woods. The rescue mission took about 20 minutes.
On Twitter, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office wrote that they “bearly” got the bear out of the car and noted it was an unusual call for deputies.
After the bear was released, deputies got a view of the destruction the animal caused inside the car (shown below).
The bear apparently ripped off the door panels of the Subaru and also the entire ceiling (pictured).
Due to the damage the bear caused to the car, it had to be towed away from the scene.
Deputies have reminded drivers to make sure they lock their cars so bears can not get inside.
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