Scottsdale, Arizona - A bear caused extensive damage to a car in Scottsdale, Arizona, while searching for peanut candy. The incident occurred on Saturday, February 25, 2023, in the Pinnacle Peak area of Scottsdale.

Security camera footage captured the bear breaking into the car through a back window. The bear then proceeded to tear apart the car's interior, searching for food.

The car's owner, identified as Robin Krajnak, was at work when the incident occurred. She received a notification from her security camera and watched in horror as the bear ravaged her car.

"I couldn't believe my eyes," said Krajnak. "I ran home and found my car completely destroyed."

The bear tore apart the car's seats, dashboard, and steering wheel. It also scratched the paint and broke the windows.

Krajnak estimated the damage to her car to be around $10,000. She said the bear was likely attracted to the car because she had left a bag of peanut candy in the back seat.

"I never thought a bear would break into my car," said Krajnak. "I guess I was wrong."

Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) officials said that bears are known to break into cars in search of food. They recommend that people remove all food and scented items from their cars when they are parked in areas where bears are present.

AZGFD officials also said that people should not approach bears. If you see a bear, give it space and report it to the authorities.

Additional Information

  • The bear that broke into Krajnak's car was a black bear. Black bears are the most common bear species in Arizona.
  • Black bears are generally not aggressive towards humans, but they will defend themselves if they feel threatened.
  • Bears have a keen sense of smell and can be attracted to food from a long distance away.
  • It is important to store food properly in bear country to avoid attracting bears.
  • If you encounter a bear, do not approach it. Give it space and report it to the authorities.

Tips for Avoiding Bear Encounters

  • Store food properly in bear-resistant containers or lockers.
  • Do not leave food or scented items in your car when parked in bear country.
  • Keep your campsite clean and free of food debris.
  • Do not approach bears.
  • If you encounter a bear, make yourself look as large as possible by standing up and waving your arms.
  • Make noise by clapping your hands or shouting.
  • Back away slowly from the bear.
  • Do not run.
  • If a bear attacks you, fight back as hard as you can.

By following these tips, you can help to avoid bear encounters and keep yourself safe.

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