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Bear that knows how to open car doors gives Steamboat Springs residents another reason to lock their vehicles

A black bear

Problem bears in Steamboat

Area wildlife officials and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers recently responded to the following incidents involving bears:

May 14, 8:27 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a bear that got into a Subaru after opening an unlocked car door in the 1800 block of Hunters Court. The bear defecated in the Subaru and chewed through a container of motor oil. According to police, some bears know how to open car doors.

May 29, 2:33 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a bear that had locked itself inside a Subaru hatchback in the 2900 block of Ridge Road. The owner discovered the bear because the bear kept hitting the car’s horn. Officers opened the car doors and let the bear out. The bear caused extensive damage to the car by chewing on the interior and clawing the vehicle’s ceiling.

June 1, 11:35 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a bear that was chasing ducks in a pond in the 900 block of Mauna Kea Lane. The bear was gone when officers arrived.