OLD FORGE – A mama bear and her four cubs were captured on surveillance video exploring a minivan in Old Forge this week.
On Monday, the “I Love Old Forge” Facebook page shared a video captured that morning of a black bear coming across a minivan parked outside a house in the Hollywood Hills area. The bear first opens the back door and goes inside the van, then comes back out and opens the driver’s side door and climbs inside.
“This is exactly why we should always lock our doors and never leave food in the car in the Adirondacks... Bears are very smart and clever and can open car doors just as fast as humans,” the Facebook post reads.
In the end of the video four bear cubs can be seen coming from around the other side of the house, and a video posted by “I Love Old Forge” in the comments section shows the four cubs climbing around inside the van.
In the video you can also see that the front passenger side door is open, along with the door on another vehicle in the lot.
According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, bears are curious and spend a great deal of time exploring for food, and they’ll eat nearly anything. There are roughly 6,000-8,000 black bears in New York State, and 50-60 percent of those are in the Adirondacks.
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