Another West Vancouver resident has learned the hard way about all the possible ways a bear can be attracted to your property.
West Vancouver Police were called to the 500 block of St. Andrews Place at 4:00am today. A resident had heard her vehicle alarm sounding and saw the front passenger door of the family mini-van had been left open. .
Attending officers found the interior of the vehicle to be extensively damaged, and believe the damage resulted from a bear entering the vehicle in search of food. The damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3,000.
The homeowner advised her children had recently spilled milk in the vehicle. Although thoroughly cleaned, it appears remaining odour from the milk may have played a role luring the bear into the vehicle.
Bears have a much stronger sense of smell than humans, and even food items or used food wrapping left in a vehicle or outside can draw bears.
The animals also have a very strong memory. Once a location becomes identified to the bear as a food source, they will return and their fear of human contact is reduced.
Source/Image: West Vancouver Police