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Smith: Sandwich-loving bear minds his manners

That's odd, thought David Staples the other morning from the porch of a Tahoe/Donner cabin.

The retired Santa Rosa doc, in the Sierra Nevada to cycle with four pals, noticed that the passenger door on his Toyota Highlander was open.

He walked down and peeked in — and froze at the sight of bear pawprints on the upholstery and dash. He saw that an intruder had finished off a bit of sandwich crust that he'd left in a bag.

But that's all the bear did. It hadn't broken into the SUV but had pulled on the handle latch to open the door, ate what little it found and left the Toyota without clawing anything or pooping.

Staples is most appreciative. And a tad surprised that upon leaving, the tidy bear didn't close the car door.

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YES IT HURT for someone to damage, again, the dragon mosaic created along Santa Rosa's Prince Memorial Greenway by Mario Uribe and the paid apprentices of ArtStart.

But they won't let the vandalism deter them from making public art. And their supporters aren't about to let up, either.


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