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Bears, french fries or free rides

Sun Staff Report
Contributed photoBears have recently broken into many cars with food inside, including this one on LaCrosse Drive.
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TRUCKEE ” B.E.A.R. League volunteer Jim Sajdak has noticed a new trend ” bears getting behind the wheel.

In recent cases, however, the invading bears are not looking for a joy ride. They’re looking for french fries, gum wrappers, mints, Tupperware bowls and, well, whatever else you might have left.

“Never leave any food in your car,” wrote Sajdak this week.

During the last few weeks, Sajdak reports, multiple vehicles between Old Country Road to Tahoe Vista have been entered by bears at night.

“The bears will use their nose, tongue or lower lip to open the car door without even a scratch. It’s a fun challenge even if there is no food available,” Sajdak wrote. “If you really believe that it will never happen to you or that there isn’t a crumb anywhere inside your vehicle, still lock your doors.”

Sajdak continued: “As I always tell people, ‘It’s not a problem when a bear gets in your car; it’s a problem when the door closes behind it.'”

Here are some tips if you do find a bear in your car:

– Stand behind the door, open it toward you and let the bear out. The longer the bear is in you car the more the damage. When the bear sees you approaching the car he will know he’s been caught and will be more then ready to leave the scene. He won’t stop and eat you like in the movies.

For further information or questions regarding bears please contact the B.E.A.R. League at 525-PAWS.