Black bears at California’s Yosemite National Park are more likely to break into a minivan than any other vehicle, according to a study reported in the Journal of Mammalogy. The study examined bear break-ins in 908 vehicles between 2001 and 2007 and found that minivans had a higher percentage of break-ins than other vehicles.
The article advanced four possible reasons for this: Minivans are designed for families with children, who may spill food and drink, emitting food odors. Passengers of minivans may leave more food in their vehicle overnight than owners of other vehicles. Minivans may be easier to enter, with bears often gaining access by popping open a rear side window. Or just a few bears may be responsible for all the break-ins and once they learn how to get in minivans, they repeat the behavior.