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Why Do Bears Like to Destroy Subaru Outbacks in Colorado?

Here’s another bear destroying a Subaru Outback story. Why do bears seem to target Subaru Outback vehicles in Colorado?


It seems like every spring or early summer, there’s a bear trapped in a Subaru Outback destroying the inside story. Yep, here’s another one this week that happen in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Steamboat Today reports Cate Potyen, who lives just outside Steamboat Springs, a ski town west of Denver, had her 2015 Subaru Outback destroyed by a black bear.

The bear destroyed the Outback with only 24,000 miles on it. The dash was completely torn out and one of the doors was found open. The damage is estimated at nearly $17,000 and the car will likely be scrapped according to Custom Color owner Dave Mihaich, who, over the years, has done work on cars that were damaged by bears. "It's the worst one we've ever seen,” Mihaich said. "It's not even drivable. It's a mess."

This time of year, bears are foraging for food after a long winter in hibernation. In this Subaru Outback case, there was no food in the vehicle, but there was a container of sugar-free mints. This bear was able to free himself from the small SUV/Crossover after getting inside.

Another bear got trapped in a Subaru Outback near Evergreen, Colorado recently looking for food, but got locked inside. Two deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department responded and tried initially to free the medium-sized bear with a remote trunk opener. When that didn’t work, they opened the rear hatch by hand and freed the anxious bear while the other stood by with a shotgun. “Deputies finally got it out of there and warned all the campers of active bear activity,” Techmeyer said.

It looks like black bears are targeting Subaru Outback vehicles, but of course, that’s not the case. It’s just ironic that Subaru Outback vehicles are in the news most often when bears destroy the inside looking for food. It could be because Outback SUVs are the number-one selling vehicle in Colorado.

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