Bear searching for food dies in hot car on sweltering day

A starving black bear met a sad end this week after getting stuck in a hot car.

A person renting a cabin in Sevierville, Tennessee, left their car parked around 10 a.m. Wednesday and returned that evening to find the bear dead inside the vehicle, according to a statement from Tennessee Wildlife. Resources Agency.

“It appears the bear entered the car using its teeth or paws to open the unlocked door and was trapped inside after the door closed behind it,” the statement read.

The agency noted that the car contained an “empty soda can and food packet” which likely attracted the animal.

“Bears have a nose 7 times better than a bloodhound and can smell even the slightest odor of food inside a vehicle,” the agency’s statement read. “Lock your doors, roll up your windows, and never leave food or anything that smells like food inside!” Empty food containers, candy wrappers, fast food bags, and even air fresheners can attract bears.

Wildlife officials believe the bear was ultimately killed by the heat. Outside temperatures were above 95 degrees Fahrenheit that day. Inside a car, temperatures can rise around 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, which is why the American Veterinary Medical Association strongly warns against leaving pets in a car by a warm or hot day.

Last week saw scorching temperatures in the South and Midwest. The New York Times reported that 21 heat records were broken in the Ohio Valley and the Southeastern United States.

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