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Old 11-12-2013, 01:00 AM   #1
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Bear inside my car!
Yikes! While I was chatting about socks above, we heard a car horn honking outside. A bear locked himself inside my Toyota! WaaaHH! We could see him panicking, and the car was rocking back and forth. It is a new car (new to us, anyway,) and all I could think of was him tearing it up! I ran and opened the rear door, then ran back to the house as fast as I could. DH stood by with garden hose, but it wasn't needed. Bear went one way, I went the other. The naughty scamp then went up the drive to the neighbor's and opened his pickup door! Neighbor scared him off, then we called everybody we could think of to warn them to lock their doors. He tore off both the front inside door panels, RATS!

Where we live, nobody needs to lock cars or houses, but I guess that's a thing of the past!
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:28 AM   #2
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Omg! I just read your post. Freakin' unbelievable! Who'd ever think you'd have to lock your doors to keep a bear out? Totally sucks about your door panels. Replacing anything in a car is expensive these days.

I used to get a little scared about bears when we lived in Santa Fe. A couple of the doors had lever handles, yikes, I heard stories about those bears. If it's a tough year for them, they'll come down out of the mountains in search of food.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:35 AM   #3
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Sounds like you're either near Donner State Park or up by one of the ski areas (i.e., not near downtown).

DH and I have visited Truckee on New Year's for the last several years so that our Bernese Mtn Dogs can at least experience snow. I only wish I could figure out how to make a living there....

edited to add: was it *your* car that will need the new panels? or one of your neighbors' cars?

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Old 11-12-2013, 02:42 AM   #4
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OMG! That's crazy!!
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:29 AM   #5
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Scary. Very scary. I'm glad the damage was no worse than it was but please, if it happens again, let the bear destroy the car. You are much more important.
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Scary. Very scary. I'm glad the damage was no worse than it was but please, if it happens again, let the bear destroy the car. You are much more important.
I'm in agreement. Bears are EXTREMELY dangerous!
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I can see if you left your door open, but to have the bear open the door, that is freaky!
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:55 PM   #8
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I sure hope the bears in your area don't learn how to open the door to the houses.
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Originally Posted by DogCatMom View Post
Sounds like you're either near Donner State Park or up by one of the ski areas (i.e., not near downtown).

DH and I have visited Truckee on New Year's for the last several years so that our Bernese Mtn Dogs can at least experience snow. I only wish I could figure out how to make a living there....

edited to add: was it *your* car that will need the new panels? or one of your neighbors' cars?
Our car! And we have a $750 deductible! We're actually on the other side of Truckee from Donner State Park, in what is called the Glenshire Area. It's 5 miles out of Truckee town but to the east as you go down the canyon on I 80 towards Reno. Instead of turning towards Boca Dam, you go the other way off I 80.

I LOVE Berner's! When we were in Vermont once (my DH grew up there) we stayed down the street from The Von Trapp Farm. They had a big friendly Bernese Mountain dog who would come out to greet you. I guess we just have bears at our house...
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I sure hope the bears in your area don't learn how to open the door to the houses.
Hahahahahaha......uh, actually, they do! But we don't have lever handles, also two dogs who would go bonkers. We have a back porch door that is half glass. It might be wise to put a burglar grill over it.
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