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Bear finds its way into car in South Lake Tahoe, totals the interior

Bears on the prowl for food in South Lake Tahoe area

South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue personnel were called out in late April to scare off some bears that entered a garage. Sierra bears are coming out of hibernation and looking for food, fire officials said. They advise area residents to keep their stru
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South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue personnel were called out in late April to scare off some bears that entered a garage. Sierra bears are coming out of hibernation and looking for food, fire officials said. They advise area residents to keep their stru

After bringing in her groceries, Anne Grogan forgot that there was a can of fish at the bottom of a bag full of cleaning supplies in her car. She also forgot to lock her car door.

With all of the bears in Tahoe, the rest of the story is history.

Grogan, a Reno resident who was previously a longtime Lake Tahoe resident, had the inside of her car destroyed by a wandering young bear curious about the scent of the canned fish, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. There was no damage to the outside of the car, but the interior damage was bad enough that the car was declared totaled.

"He tore the airbags … tore the wiring," Grogan told the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

As families begin to take camping trips to the Lake Tahoe area for the summer, the National Park service has several tips for dealing with bears:

  • Identify yourself calmly so the bear doesn’t think that you’re a prey animal.
  • Hike and travel in large groups, which are intimidating to bears.
  • Do not allow the bear to access food. Make sure that food goes in bear lockers and to lock car doors so that bears cannot wander inside. If possible, clear your car of any and all food products.
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