The BC Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) believes a bad and hungry bear in the Tofino and Ucluelet area is responsible for breaking into a number of vehicles in recent weeks.
Officers believe one bear is responsible and a trap has been set and moved, but the bear will not go in, they told Daily Hive.
Photos posted by the BCCOS show your vehicle does not stand a chance if it has attractants inside.
“Your car is no match for a hungry bear determined to grab the food or garbage left inside,” BCCOS warns.
While bear’s breaking into a vehicle is not unique, officers admit “it is unusual.”
Your car is no match for a hungry bear determined to grab the food or garbage left inside. We’ve received several reports of bears breaking into cars.
— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) July 19, 2022
Officers are pleading with people not to leave items that attract animals inside their vehicle; otherwise, a torn-up car may be what you might return to.
“Bears are incredibly smart and know to use door handles. They are also incredibly strong and can destroy a car if they are trapped inside.”