Boulder County deputies rescue bear from car after locking itself in

BOULDER, Colo. — A bear got itself locked inside a car in Boulder County, and instead of bothering AAA, it received the royal treatment from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were able to open the vehicle’s door and safely release the bear after responding to the call sometime overnight Monday.  

In a department Facebook post, deputies say the bear “broke into a car and locked himself in. Car 0. Bear 1.”

Deputies are reminding residents that wildlife, like bears, are becoming more active this time of year. 

They offered the following tips for living with bears:

  • Don’t feed birds while bears are active. Attract birds with water feeders, plantings and nest boxes instead.
  • Store garbage in bear-resistant containers, enclosures or buildings.
  • Put trash out the morning of pick up, not the night before.
  • Keep bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked at night.
  • Keep garage doors closed. Lock the door between the house and the garage.
  • Don’t leave anything inside your vehicle that could attract a bear. That includes suntan lotion, hand crème and air fresheners, along with empty food wrappers and packaging.
  • Don’t leave pet food or empty pet food dishes outside. Store pet food in a secure enclosure.
  • Put chickens and small livestock in a secure pen at night or electric fence their enclosure.
  • Pick fruit and produce as soon as, or just before, it ripens.
  • Unwelcome mats and electric fencing are proven ways to keep bears out.
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