Q: Can a bear REALLY smell a small amount of food through my car? I'm not talking about coolers of leftover BBQ—I'm talking about a small snack or sandwich. I've parked at at trailheads in bear country many times and forgotten a bag of chips or something with no problems.Will they really think it's worth the effort to tear through all that metal?—Drivin' and Eatin', via email A: In a word: YES. I'm even willing to commit grand theft auto for a peanut butter & jelly sandwich.
Don't believe me? Check out this video from 17-year-old Ben Story of Larkspur, Colo., who lost his shiny red 2008 Toyota Corolla because he forgot the PB & J in the back seat.
Wildlife officers finally released me by tying a rope to the door and pulling it open, at which time I ran off. But it was too late for the the vehicle, and I left quite the going-away present in the backseat.