Caught on camera: Bear jumps on car in national park

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FRESNO, Calif. — Taylor Hawkins was in the right place at the right time when she was able to record a bear jumping on a car near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California.

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SHOCK AND AWW 🐻😱 Imagine how scared you would be if you were on the way to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and a bear jumped up onto the trunk of your car! Thank you to #ABC30Insider Taylor Hawkins for sending this video she filmed on Thursday.

Posted by ABC30 Action News on Saturday, December 14, 2019

In a video provided to KFSN, Hawkins used her phone to capture a bear crossing in front of her vehicle and climbing on top of the car ahead. Moments later, the bear seemed to be frightened and ran off the side of the road from where it had come.

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No one was hurt in the encounter.

According to the National Park Service, black bears forage for food in both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The park service says that when human food becomes available, they will peer into a car for food.

The park service has a human-bear management program to mitigate human-bear interactions. Read more about the program here.

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