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Bear unsuccessfully attempts to enter car with woman inside

Posted at 3:17 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 16:17:21-04

While walking in the Rhode Island woods, Brenda McCloskey got the surprise of her life.

McCloskey noticed a black bear near the back of her vehicle. She quickly jumped into the car and attempted a getaway.

The only problem was the bear attempted to get into her car, leading McCloskey to call 911 for help.

The Narragansett (R.I.) Animal Control reported the incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Camp Varnum area after she finished work on the property.

“At first he tried to get in the driver’s side,” McCloskey told Providence television station WJAR. “He was looking directly at me and then he decided to go around to the other side and that’s where my lunch was.”

The black bear was eyeing and no hungrily smelling some crackers and a peach on the passenger side seat.

“He opened the car door halfway,” McCloskey told WJAR. “I was able to close it several times, but I couldn’t lock it until it was completely closed so it was a tug-of-war for what seemed like an eternity…

“He had both feet up on top of the roof of the car at one point. When [police] got here he had one paw on the car and was biting at the door handle.”

Police saved her by scaring the bear away with their sirens.

Narragansett police said there have been two confirmed black bear sightings within the last two days. It led them to issue a warning about the animals to residents of the area.