If you live in New York City, you lock your car at night to keep it from getting stolen by humans. If you live in Colorado, apparently, you lock your car at night so that bears don’t try to take your ride.
A 17-year-old living in Jefferson County, Colorado, learned that lesson the hard way Tuesday morning when she heard her mother yelling from downstairs.
“My mom screamed from downstairs and I thought that I was in trouble,” Annie Bruecker told local reporters following the incident. “She said, 'Annie, there’s a bear in your car.'”
The car in question was a 2004 Subaru that the teenager got a couple of months ago to travel to her summer job. The bear in question was just ambling around and, even if it did have a driver’s license, probably should not have been behind the wheel considering it locked itself inside of the car and couldn’t figure out how to get out.
“I honestly could not tell you how he got in,” Bruecker, who said she didn’t lock the car the night before, said.
The bear later left out of the back of the vehicle after police unlocked the door and opened the hatch. It quickly returned to nature leaving behind only the mess it had created when trying to claw its way to freedom from inside.
As it turns out, bears across the country have been known to lock themselves into cars. In North Carolina earlier this year, a local police department advised its citizens to lock their doors because bears were jumping into vehicles so frequently. They also urged residents to make sure that they didn’t leave food in their cars that might attract the unwelcome passengers. Another example, in June, came from a Colorado resident whose Subaru was totaled when a bear shacked up inside.