At about 3 in the morning, when Sean McQuillan was sleeping next to his wife, two pugs were dozing off at the end of the bed and his cell phone began to buzz. Three RCMP cruisers quickly stopped in front of their homes in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and neighbors in pajamas stood groggy in front of the window, widening their eyes, filming the cause of all this.
Two skinny black bears were overturning a McQuillan gray Chevrolet Tahoe parked in their driveway. When the animal was working under the street light, the driver’s side and rear passenger’s door were suddenly opened.
McQuillan, his wife, their two young children and two dogs all missed the whole thing.
“They fell asleep peacefully throughout the ordeal because [did] Us,” McQueen said, referring to the pugs Winston and Hannah.
The bear may be looking for food
McQuillan detailed the story on Twitter earlier Friday.
He and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police believed that the two bears entered his unlocked car in search of food – in particular, McQueen suspected that the wreckage of his two-and-a-half-year-old son, the maverick, had been thrown on the back seat.
No one was injured, but these animals left dusty paw prints, broken car seats, and a lingering bear smell-which McQueen described as “like a stronger wet dog smell.”
The neighbor who heard the commotion repeatedly tried to contact the family by phone and nearby WhatsApp groups. A witness saw that the garage door was also open and called the police.
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When the RCMP arrived, the bear was already gone. The police officer knocked on the front door and joined the list of people trying to call their family. Nevertheless, the whole family slept all night.
“We woke up in the morning to find all this news was saying,’What happened? What happened?’ We were like,’Uh, I don’t know what happened,'” McQueen said.
A neighbor started to send footage from their security camera to fill the gap.
“There are three or four policemen [in the video] They are all in front of our house in a dead end,” McQueen said.
“Eventually you will see this strange character in the back of our vehicle. This character has all four paws. This is where we realized it was just a very thin juvenile bear.”
Bear break-in is rare, but not impossible
McQuellen witnessed the loss firsthand when he went down to the garage.
He said: “The interior of our car was torn apart… the garbage in the garage was pulled away, everywhere.”
“They definitely used the handlebars,” he said, referring to how the bear got into the SUV. “You can see a paw print in the corner of the driver’s side door.”
Unable to reach the family, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police secured the garage and the vehicle before leaving the scene-smelling the unfortunate smell of a “unique wildlife bouquet”.
The bear used to get in a car in BC, Including the most recent last year, But the RCMP stated that it is rare to see two animals doing this at the same time.
“This is a very rare call,” RCMP officer Const said. John Graham.
Officials reiterated the importance of locking vehicles to protect them from thieves (whether people or other people).
Graham said: “The Coquitlam RCMP wants to encourage bears and people not to enter or drive any vehicles without the permission of the registered owner.”
As for the family, McQuillan said he had some explanations with his insurance company, British Columbia Insurance Company.
“Now let’s see if ICBC will cover the bear market,” he wrote on Twitter.