EVERGREEN, Colo. -- For the second time in two weeks, a young black bear broke into a car in Jefferson County and destroyed the inside.
On Thursday morning, Shaylee Meurer and her husband David woke up to find an unwanted guest locked in the SUV.
“This is the first time in my life that my husband woke me up saying that there’s a bear in his car,” Meurer said in a video she posted to YouTube.
Warning: The video contains profane language.
The couple caught the encounter on camera.
“You couldn’t really see much because there was so much condensation on the windows from him breathing heavily and stuff, but we could see the car moving,” she said.
They called Colorado Parks and Wildlife, but officers couldn’t get there right away. So the Meurers called a neighbor in to help while they continued to record video from their home.
“I kind of had my pans here for noise, unlocked the car, opened the door and kind of jumped back and started banging the pans,” neighbor Kevin John said.
Henry Miller was banging pots and pans to try to scare away the bear from the vehicle and the homes. They guess the bear used his paw to open the door, which was unlocked, then it shut behind him.
“The top of it is completely caved in,” Meurer said of the damage. “All the mirrors are broken. He tore the whole back panel off the door.”
The damage comes with a pretty hefty price tag. The Meurers only have liability insurance on the vehicle, which does not cover “Act of God” accidents like a bear break-in.
“I don’t think insurance is going to be able to cover this, so it looks like we’re at a loss,” she said.
Neighbors said they have seen the same black bear in the neighborhood about half a dozen times. This is very similar to another incident in Genessee earlier this month.
Wildlife experts urge anyone parking a car overnight in the mountains to always lock their car doors, and keep food and beverages out of cars.