Colorado catches its first bear ‘joyrider’ 0

Colorado-catches-its-first-bear-joyriderYou don’t tend to associate bears with car crime, but the US state of Colorado has just had its first four-legged ‘joyrider’, according to local police.

Ron Cornelius, a resident of Durango, woke to find a Subaru crashed at the hill at the bottom of his driveway. What was the real surprise however was the confused looking bear sat behind the wheel.

“Usually, I don’t get up at 5 o’clock unless there is a bear driving a car down the street,” he joked to the Durango Herald newspaper.

Bears getting stuck in cars in not uncommon, officials say. Bear taking cars for a spin on the other hand…

Cars are a popular target for black bears which tend to search them for food. The attacks have increased in recent weeks after a recent frost decimated their food supply.

A spokesman for La Planta county sheriff admitted that while it was known for bears to work out how to open vehicle’s door handles, this was the “first time they attempted to drive off with the car”.

Obviously, the bear hadn’t managed to hot wire the car, but during the search for food, it must have released the gear, causing the car to roll backwards down the hill, taking out Mr Cornelius’s mailbox in the process.

At first, the noise made Mr Cornelius and his wife think they had robbers. A quick, once over of the vehicle revealed the actual culprit however. Over the course of his short journey, the bear had managed to shatter the rear window, rip the radio out and pull the steering wheel off its shaft.

“It would have taken a human being hours to do what this bear did in a couple minutes,” said Mr Cornelius.

Police in the area always advise drivers to ensure their vehicles don’t have food in and the doors are locked.

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