Earlier this month, Jose Luis Ramos Jr. and a few of his friends decided to spend a relaxing weekend at a cabin in Asheville, North Carolina.
But the getaway wasn’t quite as tranquil as they were hoping it would be.
Evidently, as the group pulled up to the cabin in their cars, a certain someone in the surrounding woods was taking notice — and saw an opportunity. It was a local bear. He decided to move in for a closer look to see if, by chance, they’d come carrying treats.
While the friends settled in, the bear took the opportunity to rummage through one of the vehicles, but apparently found it empty of food. So, he moved on to the next one — a shiny silver Mercedes.
By then, Ramos and his friends realized a car thief was afoot.
While the group looked on, the bear casually opened the car’s passenger door, just like a human. He’d done this before, it seemed — but then he heard something that stopped him in his tracks.
“I started to scream,” Ramos told The Dodo.
And sure enough, that did the trick:
Upon hearing Ramos’ primal scream, the bear abandoned his mission — slowly backing away having been caught red-handed. (There was no food in the car, anyway.)