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A black bear reportedly broke into a Toyota Corolla to grab a leftover sandwich when he locked himself in and the car rolled down a steep hill.

Normally as a Tacoma personal injury lawyer, I tend to write about car accidents and safety.  However, not long ago I made a post about the increase of wildlife encounters during summer months which then leads to more car accidents involving deer and bears.  This story out of Larkspur, Colorado really got my attention though.

Upon hearing some commotion coming from their neighbor’s car, someone called the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department at 2:30 in the morning.  Expecting to find some teenagers horsing around, the deputies were surprised to find the car missing.  Instead, it was located approximately 125 feet down an embankment. They weren’t prepared for what they saw next.  A black bear had apparently climbed into the 2008 Toyota Corolla and locked himself in.  When the bear became aggravated, it moved around furiously in the vehicle thus knocking it into neutral and sending it careening down the hill.

According to this article, investigators believe that the bear was after a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that the 17 year-old son had left on the seat of the car.  The bear was released from the car without wildlife officials having to tranquilize or shoot it.

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