Kids’ crumbs lured bear to truck — then wind trapped it inside, Colorado video shows

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Screengrab from Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northeast Region

Parents may not know what’s hiding under their kids’ car seat — but a hungry bear wanted to find out in Colorado.

A bear recently broke into a truck in Larkspur because kids left food scraps in their car seats, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

“The owners had child seats in the back, and wildlife officers thought that children’s food scraps were the likely reason the bear entered,” Parks and Wildlife officials said on Twitter.

Once the bear was inside the truck, a gust of wind slammed the truck door shut. The bear was trapped inside, officials said.

A Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the scene and found the bear trapped inside the truck. The deputy worked with the truck’s owner to attach a rope to the door’s handle, wildlife officials said.

The owner yanked the rope from the safety of their garage, and the bear got out of the truck and stared at them for a brief moment. Then the bear sprinted out of the truck and ran off into the yard.

The truck was destroyed after the bear was trapped inside, photos show. The truck’s roof was demolished, and cords were spilling from the inside out. The truck doors were also torn apart.

“Bears can open unlocked car doors, but when the doors close on them while inside they cannot get out,” officials said. “This is the type of damage that ensues.”

Bears regularly break into cars in Colorado. From 2019 to 2020, it happened 484 times in the state, according to Parks and Wildlife.

In April, a hungry bear ransacked a car while searching for lipgloss. The bear ripped through the leather seats, exposing the inside spongy cushion of the passenger and driver seats. It also tore down the sun visors and destroyed the roof of the vehicle.

A 200-pound bear got stuck in a Subaru in September and destroyed the inside, McClatchy News previously reported. It was trapped inside until a wildlife officer opened the door just enough to let it out.

A month earlier, a hungry bear broke into at least eight cars in Estes Park looking for food.

“While not all of the vehicles had food or attractants, some bears go from car to car just to see if they’re unlocked, then hope to find food,” wildlife officials said.

Bears’ noses are “100 times more sensitive” than human noses, and they can smell food up to 5 miles away, Parks and Wildlife said on its website.

They can also seek out trash that smells like food or scented products, such as air fresheners, wipes or perfume. Bears are smart animals and will come back to a location where they’ve found food.

Parks and Wildlife said people in bear country should always lock their windows and doors, both at home and in their cars.

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