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avatar Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 07:05AM
Apparently this bear broke in, couldn't get out initially, and ripped apart the gear shift to the point where it started rolling in neutral.

Black bear steals, crashes car in Lake Tahoe
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/bizarre&id=8343613

Tahoe Bear Destroys Prius
Bear in Lake Tahoe attempts to take car on overnight joy ride.
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Tahoe-Bear-Destroys-Prius-129315578.html
Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 07:32AM
Hmmmm, wonder if this is the same bear that I found sitting in my driver's seat in my SUV parked at Upper Twin Lake west of Bridgeport, Ca.?
Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 08:44AM
From the article:

"They said the only things inside the vehicle were a beach towel, some CDs and a phone charger."

Must of been a teenage bear. And I'm stealing this comment from one of the linked articles but maybe the bear needed to charge his phone...
avatar Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 09:15AM
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chicagocwright
From the article:

"They said the only things inside the vehicle were a beach towel, some CDs and a phone charger."


I wouldn't be surprised if it was the the beach towel possibly scented with suntan lotion that attracted the bear.
Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 09:31AM
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plawrence
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chicagocwright
From the article:

"They said the only things inside the vehicle were a beach towel, some CDs and a phone charger."


I wouldn't be surprised if it was the the beach towel possibly scented with suntan lotion that attracted the bear.

Was there something in the article that suggested the Bear was a coastal (beach) bear? He was far away from home in Tahoe.
avatar Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 12:33PM
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chicagocwright
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plawrence
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chicagocwright
From the article:

"They said the only things inside the vehicle were a beach towel, some CDs and a phone charger."


I wouldn't be surprised if it was the the beach towel possibly scented with suntan lotion that attracted the bear.

Was there something in the article that suggested the Bear was a coastal (beach) bear? He was far away from home in Tahoe.

Tahoe has lots of beaches.
Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 09:55AM
Anyone else have a hard time believing there wasn't anything scented in the car?
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September 07, 2011 12:35PM
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Sandpiper11
Anyone else have a hard time believing there wasn't anything scented in the car?

You never know. I doubt there's a car in the Tahoe area that doesn't have some sort of smell that might attract a bear.

Most bears have a threshold. Some might find something in a particular vehicle, and try and replicate it with the same model car.
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September 07, 2011 01:16PM
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Sandpiper11

Anyone else have a hard time believing there wasn't anything scented in the car?

You never know. I doubt there's a car in the Tahoe area that doesn't have some sort of smell that might attract a bear.

Most bears have a threshold. Some might find something in a particular vehicle, and try and replicate it with the same model car.


Yup, the infamous "Camaro Bear" of Yosemite comes to mind. No Camaro or Firebird was safe that summer.
avatar Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 04:04PM
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y_p_w
ripped apart the gear shift to the point where it started rolling in neutral

Prius doesn't have a real gear shift. So I don't see how that could happen.
avatar Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 04:56PM
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eeek
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y_p_w
ripped apart the gear shift to the point where it started rolling in neutral

Prius doesn't have a real gear shift. So I don't see how that could happen.

I'm not sure Prius is a real car.



Old Dude
avatar Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 05:33PM
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y_p_w
ripped apart the gear shift to the point where it started rolling in neutral

Prius doesn't have a real gear shift. So I don't see how that could happen.

I'm not sure Prius is a real car.

Just because it doesn't slurp gas like your SUV does?
avatar Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 09:06PM
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eeek
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y_p_w
ripped apart the gear shift to the point where it started rolling in neutral

Prius doesn't have a real gear shift. So I don't see how that could happen.

I'm not sure Prius is a real car.

Just because it doesn't slurp gas like your SUV does?

For your information my Burb does not slurp gas, it drinks it nicely.



Old Dude
avatar Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 06:03PM
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mrcondron
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y_p_w
ripped apart the gear shift to the point where it started rolling in neutral

Prius doesn't have a real gear shift. So I don't see how that could happen.

I'm not sure Prius is a real car.


It would seem that, historically, the bar hasn't been set too high for that designation:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zastava_Koral
avatar Re: Bear crashes Prius in Tahoe
September 07, 2011 05:14PM
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y_p_w
ripped apart the gear shift to the point where it started rolling in neutral

Prius doesn't have a real gear shift. So I don't see how that could happen.

I don't necessarily buy the "gear shift" argument, but the photos show that the bear really trashed the interior and ripped apart everything. I would think that enough of that and whatever was keeping the car from moving (maybe the parking brake mechanism) got trashed.
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