A bear mauled its way into a 2002 Toyota Prius late last month in Homewood, California, trashed the car's interior, then crashed it into a neighboring yard. Brian McCarthy, vacationing with his family at a cabin near Lake Tahoe, awoke at 3:30 A.M. on August 28 as the bear shredded the car's upholstery. It was not even recognizable as a vehicle,” he said. As McCarthy's son watched, the bear damaged the Prius's gear shift and sent the car rolling down McCarthy's driveway, where it hit an outcrop of boulders in a neighbor's yard and came to a stop. Soon after, the bear freed itself and escaped into the woods. It is relatively common for bears to break into cars: Earlier this summer a black bear in Colorado became trapped in a car, moved the gear shift, and sent it car rolling. Authorities eventually responded when neighbors complained of a honking horn.
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