Mangled Car Prompts Reminder of Bear Awareness

A Sterling man's mangled vehicle has prompted a reminder that bears are up and about.

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by Associated Press

KENAI- A Sterling man's mangled vehicle has prompted a reminder that bears are up and about.   

Norm Israelson discovered the damage Monday.
   
A brown bear tore off a side-view mirror on his Subaru, smashed a tail light and rear window, ripped off the back windshield wiper and shoved the car eight inches in the gravel driveway. Muddy claw marks were on the car windows.
   
Israel says the attack could have occurred as he watched TV Sunday night with the volume turned up or it could have happened as he slept.
   
State area wildlife biologist Jeff Selinger collected samples at the scene.
   
Selinger says it's that time of year when bears are leaving their dens and people should begin bear-proofing their homes and thinking about wilderness safety.