Friday, April 28, 2006

Fast food, bear-style

This is one of those bear-eats-man's-lunch stories that deserves telling: A 29-year-old man from Farisita was working on a private ranch west of Trinidad on Wednesday when he stopped to use an outhouse. While he was away, a bear climbed into the open windows of his car. The man's lunch was on the front seat, and the bear ate it, then got out of the car.

As the man returned to his car, the bear hit him and knocked him to the ground. The bear ran away but then turned around and came back toward the car. The man, Harold Cerda, says he started his engine so he could roll up his electric windows. "All four windows were down and they go up real slow," he said. "I got them closed just in time."

Cerda took some pictures with his cell phone. He was later treated and released from a Pueblo hospital.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife used the incident to remind residents that bears aren't stopped by the fact that food they want is in a car. If you've ever camped in Yosemite National Park, you've probably seen the video of a black bear systematically tearing apart a car to get to a cooler.

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