Grizzly Bear Can't Tear Itself Away From Montana Family's Car

BEN STEIN and DAVID CHIU
Grizzly Bear Can't Tear Itself Away From Montana Family's Car (ABC News)

Montana resident David Peters got a bit of a jolt after his trip to Yellowstone National Park with his wife, his niece and a friend's young daughter.

As they were taking videos and pictures of some wandering bears on a highway in Montana, their car got up close and personal with one grizzly that jumped in front of the vehicle, tapping and sniffing along the windows.

"It was exciting," Peters told ABC News Saturday. "Except I got my car kind of trashed."

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The incident, which took place on June 19, was caught on video by Peters' wife Valerie.

After leaving the park, the party drove up to Beartooth Highway where they came across some bears, said Peters. As they were stopped, a bear jumped up on a car, and Peters retreated back inside his own vehicle.

Afterwards, Peters came face to face with that bear with its claws on the hood and its face in front of the windshield.

"The bear came over and jumped up (on) the car and just had its way with the car for about five minutes," he recalled.

At first, the bear crawled away, but then it returned and proceeded to the driver’s side window.

“Go away,” a young child said in the video.

The bear continued to touch the car windows and peer inside. Then, according to Peters, the car engine started and the bear ran away.

Peters remembered talking to his friend's 7-year-old daughter, who was pretty excited by the encounter.

"I asked her if she was gonna have nightmares about this whole thing," he said. "She said, 'Are you kidding me? This was the best day of my life ever!' And I thought that was just kind of cute."