At around 5am on August 4th, Durango resident Ron Cornelius was awoken by a commotion outside his front door, only to discover his neighbor's Subaru had plowed over some utility boxes and crashed into his mailbox. But it wasn't the aftermath of some wild teenager getting their jollies, it was the work of a bear, as authorities realized when they arrived shortly after Cornelius called 911. As Cornelius quipped to the Durango Herald, "Usually, I don’t get up at 5 o’clock unless there is a bear driving a car down the street.”
While the animal fled before anyone saw it, the interior of the vehicle made it fairly obvious was responsible -- there were enormous claw marks across the dash, a bashed out rear window, and the radio and steering wheel had been completely torn off. There was also a steaming pile of bear poop left behind.