May 1 (UPI) — A Florida woman is warning neighbors to be bear-aware after three of the animals wandered up to her home, including one that locked itself inside her father’s SUV.
Rikki Koberg-Perrero said in a Facebook post that she and her husband heard “loud banging” outside their Longwood home and the man went out to find two bears lurking around the family’s garage and a third bruin closed inside Koberg-Perrero’s father’s SUV, which was parked in the driveway.
“I’ve seen bears out and about, but not this close. This was a little too close for comfort,” she told WFTV.
Seminole County sheriff’s deputies and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to the home.
An officer opened a door and released the bear after about 30 minutes of “thrashing” around inside the SUV, Koberg-Perrero said.
A video filmed by Koberg-Perrero shows her calling for the animal to come out the vehicle after the officer opened the door and the bruin hesitated for a few moments before running away.
She said the vehicle was a total loss.
The bear “was not a happy camper, and it was thrashing around going from the front of the car to the back, pouncing on that back window many times,” Koberg-Perrero said.