Bear targets Toyota 4Runner in Steamboat Springs

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— A bear opened yet another car door and caused damage while searching for food Thursday morning near Steamboat Ski Area.

This time, the bear opened the door of a Toyota 4Runner SUV. Once inside, the bear damaged the center console and dash, according to officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The incident at 2450 Ski Trail Lane took place at about 4 a.m.

A bear previously had gotten into the garage and a freezer filled with food at the same residence. On Wednesday, it was seen on the deck eating birdseed.

Wildlife officers think it is one of possibly two bears that have been getting into cars in the area. A trap has been set to catch and relocate the bear.

Unlike when a bear damages or destroys livestock, Parks and Wildlife is not responsible for reimbursing damages caused to the cars, Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins said.

To prevent bears from getting into cars, wildlife officials are recommending that residents lock car doors.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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