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Aspen bears get a handle on opening unlocked cars

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 16:46:27-04

ASPEN, Colo. – A neighborhood near a business park in Aspen has a bear problem. But these animals appear to smarter than the average bear because they figured out how to open car doors.

The Pitkin County animal safety director, ReRe Baker, told the Aspen Times that at least two mischievous bears are cruising the neighborhoods around the park and breaking into cars.

Baker said a Pitkin County deputy witnessed one of the bears try to get into at least eight vehicles during a particular spree.

The paper reports the two bandits -- a cinnamon-colored bear and a larger, dark-colored bear -- have been seen around the neighborhood over the past month.

Authorities are encouraging residents to roll up their windows and lock their doors since the bears seemed to have learned how to get into unlocked cars.