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Wed Jul 13, 2016, 09:15 PM

 

Bear locks himself in car overnight, released but car totaled





Bruecker said all her car windows and doors were closed.

"When the door came open the bear jumped out kind of in my direction. I made a loud yell at him and it startled him and he took off the other direction like we wanted him to," said Tillman.

The bear was unharmed, but the same can't be said for Bruecker's car.

"My whole ceiling was ripped, the plastic from my sunroof cover was ripped out. My steering wheel was chewed, as was every other piece of my car," she said.

It was towed and is likely a total loss.

Items inside may not be salvageable.

"The bears don't smell good, they don't smell good," she said.

Bruecker said she had picked up some food within the past day, but it had been removed from the car. The only other thing the bear could have been after was a crushed can of lemonade.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bear-breaks-into-car-in-colorado-spends-night-inside/

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Reply Bear locks himself in car overnight, released but car totaled (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Jul 2016 OP
OnyxCollie Jul 2016 #1
burrowowl Jul 2016 #9
awoke_in_2003 Jul 2016 #15
pinboy3niner Jul 2016 #21
awoke_in_2003 Jul 2016 #22
pinboy3niner Jul 2016 #23
awoke_in_2003 Jul 2016 #24
pinboy3niner Jul 2016 #26
awoke_in_2003 Jul 2016 #27
revmclaren Jul 2016 #2
pinboy3niner Jul 2016 #17
tblue37 Jul 2016 #3
840high Jul 2016 #6
NBachers Jul 2016 #28
napi21 Jul 2016 #4
GreatCaesarsGhost Jul 2016 #5
Beartracks Jul 2016 #11
Journeyman Jul 2016 #7
Liberal_in_LA Jul 2016 #10
Beartracks Jul 2016 #12
Journeyman Jul 2016 #19
pinboy3niner Jul 2016 #20
Journeyman Jul 2016 #25
awoke_in_2003 Jul 2016 #16
nikto Jul 2016 #8
Beartracks Jul 2016 #13
kairos12 Jul 2016 #14
pinboy3niner Jul 2016 #18
Liberal_in_LA Jul 2016 #29

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 09:19 PM

1. "The bears don't smell good, they don't smell good,"

 

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Response to OnyxCollie (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

9. Good reason to

get the Open rear door option!
How didi it get in?

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 05:02 PM

15. I rented a Dodge Caravan once...

 

and the remote would open the side doors. With the stow and go seating, I really want to buy one.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #15)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:25 PM

21. Sounds like a good candidate for a Bearavan

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #21)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:28 PM

22. Just need to arm it

 

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #22)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:34 PM

23. We all have a sacred right to bear arms


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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #23)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:36 PM

24. I bet the founding fathers

 

never anticipated the many ways we would use the word "bear" these days

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #24)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:46 PM

26. They never anticipated MFM, that's for sure



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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #26)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 10:51 PM

27. Nobody did

 

I miss that old coot.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 09:27 PM

2. They will never get out that 'new-bear' smell!



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Response to revmclaren (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 05:05 PM

17. *snort*

Excellent!

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 09:31 PM

3. Poor thing! I am surprised (and relieved) he didn't die from the heat! nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 10:33 PM

6. Me2 - the hell with the car.

 

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 15, 2016, 12:54 AM

28. Speaking of relieved, I'm sure he did plenty of relieving himself in there, too.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 09:32 PM

4. Will their insurance cover this damage?

I'm honestly not sure, but I can just imagine the reaction the agent & the adjustors will have.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 09:40 PM

5. Sometimes you eat the bear ... and sometimes the bear eats your car.

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Response to GreatCaesarsGhost (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 12:19 AM

11. In Russia, car gets stuck in bear. n/t



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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 11:16 PM

7. I was in Tuolumne Meadows, in the high country at Yosemite, when an illegal camper left his car. . .

in one of the parking lots and took off into the wilderness. He left a box of Oreos in his Volkswagen Beetle, in the space behind the back seat.

A bear came wandering through, just about midnight, smelled those cookies and went to investigate. He opened the passenger door and climbed into the back seat. Not quite true. The bear put his paw through the side window, ripped the door from its hinges and flung it across the parking lot, then grabbed the passenger seat from the back, at the base, wrenched it from floor boards and shoved it through the front window the car.

The bear then climbed into the back seat and began to munch the Oreos.

About that time, a camper stumbled upon the scene, on his way to the nearby showers. The bear, oblivious to everything but his cookies, was sitting on the steering wheel, blaring the horn. The camper thought it was just some drunk, making noise, so he walked up to the driver's side of the Beetle, pounded on the roof of the car, and demanded the drunk stop making so much noise.

Fortunately, the Volkswagen was a tight fit for the bear, and he couldn't get out very quickly. He could, however, make a hell of a racket bellowing at the fool who had interrupted his "just desserts." This sent the helpful camper running for his life to the nearest ranger station.

I came upon the scene the next morning, also while making my way to the showers. The rangers were putting the door into the back seat and hooking the car up to a tow truck. When the illegal camper returned, he would find his vehicle impounded, it's interior destroyed, and a hefty ticket awaiting him, citing him for everything from illegal backpacking to failure to secure food in bear country.

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 12:08 AM

10. Costly mistake

 

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 12:23 AM

12. Yow. Cool story, bro. No, really!

And I like your writing.



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Response to Beartracks (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 08:57 PM

19. Thanks. One of my two bear stories. The other's on how to keep safe around them . . .

It's very easy to avoid all types of bears, even Grizzlies. . .

In Montana, when I hiked there some years ago, there was sage advice posted at the trail head.

The sign warned that both Black Bears and Grizzlies were in the area and advised that the way to safeguard from attack was to wear small bells on your clothing, to alert the bears you were nearby, and to carry pepper spray to use if the bears got too close.

The sign said the best way to determine if there were bears nearby was to look for fresh scat along the trails. Black Bear scat, it said, has small berries and bits of fur mixed in, all part of the bear's diet. Grizzly scat was easier to identify as it's larger, smells like pepper spray, and has little bells sprinkled throughout.

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #19)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:16 PM

20. I vaguely remember a funny bit on one of the sketch comedy shows

About someone in the moment of peril trying to remember the expert advice on how to survive...Make myself small? Make myself big? Run? Play dead? Hit the bear on the nose? iirc, it didn't go well.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 09:36 PM

25. Closest I came to having to make that decision was during an afternoon run through the neighborhood…

A little dog came racing into the street, yipping and yapping, teeth flashing bright and sharp, and me standing there in my underwear. Well, those running clothes felt like underwear, for all the protection they afforded. I stood for a moment watching it, trying to determine how much of a threat it posed. The owner was across the street, getting groceries from her car, oblivious to my fate. Out the corner of my eye, I spied a postal carrier, coming back to help, a can of mace in his hand. Then, from the back of my head, a small voice gave instruction: "Be the bear," it said. "Be the bear."

I raised myself as tall as I could, threw my arms in the air and ROARED. Damn dog skittered back across the road and into his front yard, where he stood in frightened defiance, issuing an occasional small "burp" to show he was still (somewhat) in control.

The owner turned from the trunk of her car and looked at me like I was escaped from Rockland. I thought the mail carrier was gonna have a stroke, he was laughing so hard. And me? I just kept loping along, happy it had ended with no injuries.

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 05:03 PM

16. I can hear Sheriff Buford Justice now...

 

"Put the evidence in the car"

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 11:46 PM

8. The bears at Disney's Country Bear Jamboree would never have done that

 

But ofcourse,
they're not real.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 12:25 AM

13. I appreciate the steady-cam.

Remember when cool videos like these had so much hand-shake you couldn't tell what was going on?

Just sayin'.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 12:54 AM

14. Does a bear s--- in the car?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Jul 14, 2016, 05:14 PM

18. "I am so ashamed. ...

...I'm thinking about going into rehab...one of these days."

Bear downs 36 beers, passes out at campground
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026990392

Thanks to trusty elf for the image.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #18)

Fri Jul 15, 2016, 01:06 AM

29. Lol

 

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