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Bear climbs into truck - on Black Bear Drive: RCMP

Black Bear Drive in Rossland became a tad too literal April 20.

Rossland bears might have a better sense of humour than previously thought, as evidenced by last week's RCMP press release.

"On April 20 at 3:50 a.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report that a large black bear was caught inside of a personal truck, ironically on Black Bear Drive in Rossland," said Const. Sherri Karn. "The bear was successful at opening the door and climbing inside, however the door closed behind him and he became trapped."

All humour aside, however, police had to get very creative in removing the upset bruin from his accidental perch.

"Front line RCMP officers attended and strategized a plan to help the bear escape without injury to anyone or the bear. With both police cruisers nosed into the front of the truck a long rope was then tied to the driver's side door handle. With both police officer’s safely inside their police vehicles the rope was pulled and the door opened allowing the black bear to exit the truck and make his way back to the forest.

"It is believed that the bear entered the vehicle after some alluring smells of left over fast food packaging was left inside the vehicle. RCMP is reminding the community of the importance not to leave any household food garbage outside of the house or inside motor vehicles."

Click here to visit the BC Government website for more information concerning Bear Awareness.