Bear Mauling News: Bear drives Prius
I tried interviewing the Tahoe bear.
“Why is it that Tahoe bears seem more environmentally friendly than other bears?”
He growled, “Can’t you see I am driving?”
“Bear takes Prius for an early morning drive by Lake Tahoe cabin
BY BERENICE GARCIA
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Wednesday, September 7th 2011, 5:34 PM
Bear takes Prius for a ride by Lake Tahoe.
Brian McCarthy could only watch as a bear took a ride in his 2002 Toyota Prius Monday morning, the Contra Costa Times reported.
McCarthy and his family were awakened from their Lake Tahoe home at 3:30 in the morning by the bear's break-in.
"We were looking out of our window and from our view, you could look down and see the bear in the car, and its arms were just flailing all over the place, through the windows and everything,"said McCarthy, 61.
After managing to get inside the car, the bear got stuck. It then went on a rampage of kicking, scratching and damaging the gear box, which caused the vehicle to shift into neutral.
The driveway leading up to the cabin was slightly inclined, causing the Prius to start rolling downhill and pick up speed. The car rolled across the street, jumped a small rock wall and came to a stop at the steps of a neighbor's porch.
The bear was able to find its way out of the totaled vehicle and lumbered into the woods.
McCarthy couldn't understand why or how a bear could break into the car in the first place.
"The car was completely closed. There wasn't any food in there," he said. "The only things in there were a beach towel, some CDs and a few phone chargers."
The break-in was an unusual case for the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
"Normally, you'll get reports of the Dumpster divers and trash divers, but bears breaking into cars is different," said Lt. Stevenson of the the South Lake Tahoe department. "It's not uncommon, but it's definitely not a normal thing to hear about."