ESTES PARK, Colo. — The owners of eight vehicles woke up in Estes Park Saturday morning to find that a thief had gotten into their unlocked cars.
The culprit? According to the folks at Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), it was a bear.
The incidents all happened along Fall River Road, CPW said, but this is something that could happen anywhere in bear country.
"Make it a routine to lock ALL your windows and doors for both your vehicle and home," CPW tweeted. "This is for your safety and for the lives of these amazing and resourceful creatures."
CPW said not all of the vehicles contained food or anything that would attract a bear, but our ursine friends are known to go from car to car to see if they're unlocked on the off chance that there is food inside.
Their natural food sources, like berries, are growing well this year thanks to extra rain. But sometimes the bears want a snack that's easier to get to.
"The natural food sources are probably pretty good for the bears, but they'll continue to search and that can be lowered into our areas, our human areas, our neighborhoods where there's prospect of easy meals," Jason Clay, a spokesperson with CPW, said. "Just because we've had a good year like that doesn't mean that us as humans don't need to secure our all our attractants."
Guess you can't blame a bear for trying.
CPW said black bears (which are actually blonde, cinnamon or brown in many cases), are curious, intelligent and very resourceful. They will explore all possible food sources, and they will return to homes, campgrounds, vehicles or communities where they've found food before.
"Bears are going to be searching for food and as the year progresses, we get in the fall and bear activity will really hype up as they're preparing themselves for hibernation," Clay said.
Bears that become aggressive in their pursuit of food must often be put down, CPW said.
"Every time we’re forced to destroy a bear, it’s not just the bear that loses. We all lose a little piece of the wildness that makes Colorado so special," CPW said on their website.
SUGGESTED VIDEOS: Latest from 9NEWS
MORE WAYS TO GET 9NEWS
Subscribe to our daily 9NEWSLETTER for top stories from 9NEWS curated daily just for you. Get content and information right now for can’t-miss stories, Next and Broncos content, weather and more delivered right to your inbox.
HOW TO ADD THE 9NEWS APP TO YOUR STREAMING DEVICE
ROKU: add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching for KUSA.
For both Apple TV and Fire TV, search for "9news" to find the free app to add to your account. Another option for Fire TV is to have the app delivered directly to your Fire TV through Amazon.