I used to live in black bear country, and I can tell you from first hand experience that bears are smart. Scary smart. Garbage cans pose no challenge to them (unless it’s a screw-top bear can, which they haven’t mastered yet), fences don’t even slow them down and they’re pretty adept at breaking into houses if you store dog food or birdseed on the porch. I’ve seen bears break into cars looking for food, and it’s never a pretty sight. If you want to get back at an ex, just steal the keys to their car, smear the inside with peanut butter and park it in bear country. Total devastation (and a really funny YouTube video) will ensue.
Still, I’ve never seen bears smart enough to close a rear hatch, start a car and drive away without hitting a tree. At least the bear was kind enough to toss out the camper’s sleeping bags and gear first, before heading off for civilization. The joke’s on the bear, though, since the car only had a quarter tank of gas, and the bear obviously doesn’t have a credit card. Score that “Man 1, Wild 0”.
And yes, I know this was a spoof. No cars were actually stolen in the making of this video, and the bear didn’t really drive the car away from the campsite. If you look closely, you can see that the producers used a trained wolverine for the stunt driving scenes.