• Woman shocked to find black bear inside car, eating her lunch

    By: Berndt Petersen

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    RABUN COUNTY, Ga. - A Rabun County woman thought a big black cat had climbed into her minivan.

    A closer look revealed it was a big black bear.

    Carrie Watts showed Channel 2 Action News the scratches all over the side of the vehicle on Wednesday

    "I panicked. I started screaming. I didn't know who to call, didn't know how to get it out,” Watts said.

    The bear had climbed through the open windows.


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    "He was eating my lunch and destroying stuff,” Watts said.

    "What did you have for lunch?” Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen asked.

    "A sandwich, some chips and a cookie,” Watts said.

    All gone.

    Besides stealing her meal, the bear tore up one of her kid’s car seats and destroyed a pile of paperwork.

    Watts said the bear appeared to be in no hurry to move on. He loitered for a good half an hour before crawling out, and then up a tree.

    Watts said she has seen her share of bears around these parts, but never like this.

    Her habit of leaving the van windows down on a hot day is over.

    "If you're on Lake Burton, don't leave your windows down. Especially if there's any kind of food or crumbs in the car,” Watts said.

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