The last Grizzly Bear was shot in California in the early 1920’s. So we have nothing to fear from these giants at Yosemite. Our black bears can get big and rip off doors of vehicles that they sense contain food. This story from Waterton, Alberta, Canada came out a few months ago and has nothing to do with Yosemite. But there may be a lesson buried here. Credit the Huffington Washington Forum.
A Grizzly bear had somehow got a door open of a $70K Toyota Platinum Edition Toyota Sequoia and once inside got trapped when the door shut behind him. All the door panels were ripped off, the headliner torn to pieces, all headrests, the leather seats, the dash shredded. The steering column was twisted sideways. Two of the six airbags went off, the other four were ripped to pieces. When the bear ripped off the door panels he clawed all the wiring harnesses out. Toyota figures every wire he pulled or clawed at resulted in bells, voices or sparks.
Tip: Use the bear boxes.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “They’re coming to take me away. They’re coming to take me away. To the funny farm. Where life is beautiful all the time and I’ll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they’re coming to take me away!” – Napoleon XIV
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