Bear set free after getting trapped inside truck in Evergreen

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EVERGREEN, Colo. -- A bear got stuck in a truck in Evergreen early Friday morning and had to be set free by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies but not before leaving behind some damage.

Dave Masters said he woke up about 1:10 a.m. to a car honking.

"I realized that a bear had let himself into my wife's truck and couldn't get out," Masters wrote.

He was able to snap a few photos of the bear and the damage it left behind.

"There wasn't any food in the truck," Masters wrote. "Not sure why he broke in."

Masters added his wife was talking to state police on the phone while the bear was stuck in the truck.

"The officer started laughing because she could hear the bear honking the horn," Masters said. "You've got to have a sense of humor."

If you live in bear country, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has some tips to keep the bears away:

  • Keep garbage out of reach and smell of bears.
  • Do not store pet food or feed pets outside.
  • Keep your barbeque grill clean and store it inside.
  • Remove all bird feeders at night. If you put them out during the day, keep them hung between trees instead of on decks or porches.
  • If beers seem to be getting too close, consider soaking rags with ammonia, and placing them around your home.
  • Keep cars clean and free of any food, gum and mints. Lock your vehicles at night.
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