Bear breaks into car to eat protein bars

A very hungry bear broke into a parked car overnight to get its fill of protein bars! The incident occurred sometime in the early hours of Wednesday, June 22, 2016 while the vehicle was parked in front of a residence on Panorama Drive, Deep Cove, North Vancouver. The owners of the vehicle woke up to discover their vehicle had been broke into by a bear which had broken the windows, attempted to pry open a door and ripped apart the vehicle’s interior. The unknown bear left numerous paw prints, claw marks, and fur. There was evidence that it had consumed a box of protein bars that had been left in the vehicle.  This is the second such related incident reported on the North Shore in the last several days (External link, opens in a new windowWest Vancouver Police press release),” said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. The message to not leave any food items at all in your vehicle is one worth repeating. Bears have a very keen sense of smell and incredible strength enabling them to cause the damage they do!  All North Shore residents are encouraged to educate themselves on bear safety and the precautions that need to be taken to keep our community, personal property and bears safe.   Bear sightings in North Vancouver residential areas can be reported directly to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.