A Colorado woman was briefly trapped inside her vehicle after a bear snuck into her garage, following her as she pulled her vehicle inside.
“Ahhh!” Denielle Backstrom can be heard yelling before beeping her car horn. “Freakin’ bear, get out of my garage.”
According to The Gazette, the bear made its way inside the garage when Backstrom opened it after returning home.
Despite laying on her car horn, and even some movement from her car, the bear was completely unfazed by the woman and her attempts to scare it. When bears aren’t afraid of humans, things get scary.
Eventually Backstrom was able to safely close the garage door with the bear on the opposite side. Backstrom later reported the bear to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which determined the bear to be dangerous due to its recent encounters with humans.
The bear has become somewhat notorious in Broadmoor, a neighborhood in Colorado Springs. The same bear stole some ice cream M&M’s from a resident’s freezer earlier in the week just a few blocks away, The Gazette reports.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Bill Vogrin told the Gazette that when they do discover a bear near a neighborhood, they will first attempt to scare it away with loud noises, pepper spray, and even rubber bullets. If the bear comes back again, it is tagged and released back into the wild.
This bear, however, has been so brazen and unafraid of human encounters that the agency has declared it dangerous. The bear will be euthanized if seen around people again, and a trap has been set near where it was last seen.
“That’s our last resort. We hate having to do that,” Vogrin said. “But human health and safety is our primary concern, and when they become dangerous, we’re left with no choice.”
Backstrom has received backlash from angry animal rights activists for reporting the bear, though the agency says it’s not her fault.
“This woman is not to blame, but someone in her neighborhood sure is,” Vorgin told The Gazette. “People need to help us keep wild animals wild.”
Vorgin says he believes the bear has been frequenting the neighborhood for years, but has gone unreported by other neighbors.