WATCH: Hungry Bear Finds Himself Trapped Inside A Pickup Truck
Oh, the things you do when you're hungry.
On Friday (May 13), Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials (CPW) took to Twitter (@CPW_NE) to share the unfortunate footage of a bear who reportedly managed to climb into a truck in Larkspur, CO last weekend.
In the midst of looking for food scraps to munch on, the wind from outside posed as a strong enough force to close the truck door on the bear, ultimately trapping it inside the truck.
You can watch the video footage via CPW NE Region's Twitter page below:
The owner of the truck reportedly took video of the encounter after finding the adult bear in their truck outside their house just after 6 p.m. last Sunday, according to CPW spokesman Jason Clay.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, CPW officials have received 3,701 reports of sightings and conflicts with bears during 2021, a 28% decrease from the average number of reports over the previous two years.
Here are some tips on how to safely be bear aware, as per Colorado Parks and Wildlife:
- Never leave trash or recyclables out overnight. Even empty cans and boxes smell like food. If you must leave trash outside, buy or build a bear-proof container. Clean containers regularly with ammonia or bleach.
- Be sure to take down bird feeders during months when bears are active. Letting your bird feeders turn into bear feeders teaches bears that it's safe to come close to people and homes looking for food.
- Don't feed bears, and don't put out food for other wildlife that attracts bears.
- Burn food off barbeque grills and clean after use.
- Keep all bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked, including home, garage and vehicle doors.
- Don't leave food, trash, coolers, air fresheners or anything that smells in your vehicle.
- If you see a bear near your home, do your best to chase it away by blowing a whistle, clapping your hands and making other loud noises. Don't approach or corner a bear.
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