The car alarm was blaring, and there was a light moving around inside.
A couple in the Colorado Mountain Estates subdivision near Florissant thought someone was trying to steal their car early Wednesday.
When deputies from the Teller County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 2:30 a.m., they discovered a young bear in the car.
The bear was as surprised to see the deputies as the deputies were to see the bear, said Mikel Baker, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.
One of the two deputies took some pictures of the bear, opened the car door, and the bear was gone in a flash, said Baker.
According to Baker and Teller County Sheriff Kevin Dougherty, this bear — like so many others — was very smart and had learned how to open car doors.But as the bear rummaged around the car causing extensive damage, the door closed and it couldn’t figure how to get out.
The light the couple saw moving in the car was the dome light of the vehicle, which momentarily wrapped around the bear’s head, said Dougherty.
Baker said that bears are extremely hungry as they prepare for hibernation. No food should be left in a car, she said, as bruins, with their keen sense of smell, will detect the food and try to get inside.
In recent years, one bear practically destroyed a car after yogurt was left in it. Afterward, investigators found yogurt smeared throughout the car, said Baker.