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Black Bear Honks Horn After Getting Trapped Inside Car

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A black bear cub was rescued after it honked the horn of the car it was trapped inside. (Facebook/Roanoke County, VA Police Department)

By    |   Friday, 12 May 2017 03:57 PM

A Virginia family was awakened at 5 a.m. Thursday by a 200-pound black bear honking the horn of their car after becoming trapped inside.

The car, belonging to the McClanahan family of Glenvar, Virginia, was apparently unlocked when the bear managed to enter it and somehow closed itself inside. Unable to get back out, the bear honked the horn until police officers were able to open the car’s back door and allow the bear to escape into the woods, according to UPI.

“The baby bear found some treats inside and caused minor damage to the vehicle,” the Roanoke County Police Department said in a Facebook post.

“Always lock your car doors. It’s not just thieves that break into your cars!” the post advised.

According to The Roanoke Times, black bears also showed up recently in two different downtown Roanoke locations.

Bear sightings are most common in spring when they come out of hibernation. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Outreach Director Lee Walker said residents “should not be alarmed” about multiple bear sightings because bears are more afraid of people than people are of them, the Times reported.

“They’re in their teenage years, and they have a lot of curiosity but not a lot of smarts,” Walker said of the bears, the Times reported. He said there isn’t a lot of natural food available in the wilderness yet, so they sometimes end up in populated areas.

When they do find food in a neighborhood, Walker said, “They become oblivious to their surroundings, and then they end up in places like downtown.”

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