Bear in Driver’s Seat | Aug. 16, 6:13 p.m.
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At 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning I awoke to the sound of my wife yelling out of our second-floor bedroom window, “Hey, hey you, get out of there!”

I sat up in bed and looked out the window to see a young bear standing next to our polycart.

I said, “Why are you yelling at him? He isn’t even wrestling with the cart” (a nightly occurrence in the Ski Ranches), as she turned to look at me and say, “He’s in the car.”

I saw a black bear butt backing out of the drivers’ side of our Yukon! The door had been shut (not locked) and there wasn’t any food in the car; in fact, we have never eaten in the car. Apparently, the bear had been looking in the side window (muddy paw-prints as evidence) and had gotten its claw hooked on the door handle. When it pulled away, the door popped open. Voila, a new adventure for the young bear.

Fortunately the bears were distracted enough by the yelling that they moved on. So, we wiped up the bear drool from the seat and closed and locked the door.

Please add to your list of “Be Bear Aware” precautions – not only lock your downstairs doors and windows, but also your car doors.

– Don Whitney, Debbie Reynolds

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