Steamboat Springs' bear opening car doors

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- People in Steamboat Springs are being asked to lock their car doors to help save a young bear who's already learned how to open them.

Steamboat Springs Today reported Thursday that there have been multiple reports of bears getting into vehicles. At least some of them involve a yearling wildlife officials are trying to avoid trapping.

Recently, the young bear climbed through the open sliding window of a pickup truck to get food left inside. Then wildlife officials believe it returned a few days later to the same property and opened the doors of at least three vehicles in the driveway. It didn't find any food and only left a muddy footprint on a door.

Officials believe it's the first year the bear is foraging for food.


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