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Black bear caught opening car door to steal food

Black Bear Caught Opening Car Door To Steal Food

A visitor to the Smoky Mountains hit record when he spotted a bear that was a little too familiar with car doors.

"Oh, Lord!"
"Oh, my God, he's opening the door!"

The video from Haley Evans shows this not-so-average break-in. Within seconds, the black bear popped open the car door with ease while onlookers stood speechless. But once the bear poked his head in, the crowd told the animal off.

Apparently the bear had already snatched up crackers and chips from the visitor's car before returning to open the door.

A black bear's sense of smell is "unparalleled," according to Western Wildlife Outreach. And that sense can drive it to look for the snacks hidden in your car. But handling car doors? Don't you need thumbs for that?

Maybe not. In May, New Hampshire police received multiple reports of car break-ins. Victims who spoke with WMUR said:

VICTIM 1: "Both doors were left open when I came outside."
VICTIM 2: "I saw the radio was pulled out, and I thought someone stole my radio. We think the bear opened the door, climbed inside, and the door closed."

The National Park Service suggests never leaving food in your car, even if it's sealed and the doors are locked. According to its guidelines, the onlookers correctly handled their confrontation with the bear by keeping their distance and making noise to tell the bear to take a hike.

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mgt0331 August 12 2014 at 12:57 PM

I'm surprised they allowed the word God and Lord to be seen and not blocked out.

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crotalus August 12 2014 at 11:28 AM

I watched the video and had to smile. At the 43-second mark, there is a still of a bear standing in some bushes. The bushes look very similar to huckleberry bushes, a favorite and very important bear food in the Cascades.

They are also a very delicious and much sought after people food. I have already been out in the woods 4 times picking huckleberries in the last two weeks.

Thankfully, no bears have shown up to chase me off. If they show up, they can have them. A very welcome addition to my food intake, absolute survival for the bear. I yield to the greater need.

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pamelama50 August 12 2014 at 12:57 PM

In previous years, (1950's and before) there were places designated in the mountains (especially the Smokey mountains) where you could pay and sit in a chair and feed the black bears that roamed out of the forests. The bears were used to the feedings. God help anyone who didn't have food. These unfortunate bears were probably killed as soon as they went after a person for food. Sad for the bears and people. DO NOT FEED WILD ANIMALS!!

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ez760 August 12 2014 at 11:49 AM

this is why they tell you NOT to camp inside your car

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onionson ez760 August 12 2014 at 2:10 PM

As opposed to inside a canvas tent? Who is "they".?

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mgocean95 August 12 2014 at 5:01 PM

Luckily there was no trigger happy sheriffs to shoot the bear.

At least the bear locked and closed the door behind him.

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dwtomczyk August 12 2014 at 2:59 PM

imagine that a wild animal acting like an wild animal. what is the world coming to?

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pamelama50 August 12 2014 at 12:53 PM

This bear obviously had been fed before. You never know how many uniformed (stupid) people think it's ok and fun to feed bears. It only puts others at risk at a later time because the bear associate people with food and will go after people and their cars for the food. This will not end well...the bear and/or people will get hurt.

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janieturnage pamelama50 August 12 2014 at 2:25 PM

"Uniformed" does not mean stupid. Maybe uninformed (which does not necessarily mean stupid) but means they have not been informed about something.

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domingbfan janieturnage August 12 2014 at 8:12 PM

He hould have said people lacking common sence

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vaygollybum1 pamelama50 August 12 2014 at 11:29 PM

janieturnage.......In the Smokies it means dumb.."O just MY my feeding the bears won't do any harm....Just MY diging just one flower WON'T hurt....Just MY bag of trash...........ETC

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jchowell3657 August 12 2014 at 4:09 PM

So what's the story? It's an animal that does not respect the law and steals whatever it likes. There have been other recent examples of this kind of misbehavior among animals walking on two legs.

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baldbiker2 August 12 2014 at 12:01 PM

This is a common problem in the Smokey Mountains, the bears can smeel anything form far away. They can open the latch on my trash can storage container and pull te trash out and rumage through it. You hav to keep the food contained and in a locked place. They are a lot more clever at getting to the food than most people think. They are also very strong.

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janieturnage August 12 2014 at 2:39 PM

I read in Readers' Digest once that a grandmother was reading to her grandson: Fuzzy-Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy-Wuzzy had no hair. She stopped and said: Fuzzy-Wuzzy wuzzn't fuzzy wuzz he? The kid looked up at her and said: Grandma, are you drunk?

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