Hungry mama bear and 2 cubs destroy family’s car in Jefferson County foothills

 Wednesday, October 30, 2013

 ABC 7 News

The ravenous bears were attracted by the mere scent of a pack of gum and some mints, but they tore apart Bob and Kristen Monzel’s Honda Element hoping to find a real feast. The Indian Hills family didn’t hear any commotion as they slept Monday night. A delivery driver alerted the Monzels of the mess in their driveway on Tuesday morning. “I was floored," Bob Monzel told 7NEWS. “I really under estimated the power of a bear. They really kind of destroyed it. The hungry bears left claw marks on the Honda’s doors and they shredded the interior beyond recognition. Yellow insulation is all that’s left of the seat cushions, and the plastic dash is smashed. There’s electrical wires dangling from the ceiling and driver controls have been ripped off the side-door panel. The Indian Hills family thinks this is the work of a mother bear and her two cubs who have been roaming the rural Jefferson County neighborhood in recent weeks. “There was stuff just hanging out [of the car],” Bob Monzel said. “I was stunned," Kristen Monzel said, "because I just never imagined anything like that."The family believes the bears opened a door to the Honda and perhaps got trapped inside. While there was no food inside, the Monzels said they did leave a package of gum and mints inside after washing the vehicle last weekend.