… because I find them fascinating.
This is a video of a bear trying to get into a bear-proof garbage bin.
He is one determined bear.
I don’t think this is the first bin the bear has rattled and rolled. Hopefully it will be his last.
If a bear gets used to raiding garbage bins he becomes aggressive & territorial on his food source. Then he’s a threat to humans and Conservation Officers have to relocate or shoot him.
Since we’ve been in Ucluelet, we’ve had one case where a bear had to be relocated and another which had to be put down. I remember hearing a single gunshot reverberating through the forest. It wasn’t a good sound.
Our condo has a huge industrial bin with a heavy cover held in place by a hinged steel bar. I have trouble lifting it but that’s ok — it’s Hubby’s duty to take out the garbage and tackle the bears. Our bin even has a padlock but that’s for marauders of a two legged kind. A neighbor says it’s to avert non-residents who were dumping their garbage in our bins. The nerve.
BTW this video was taken in Alaska with a brown bear. Hubby says we have black bears here in Ucluelet and black bears are smaller. I don’t know, I haven’t had a chance to line them up to compare.
Ucluelet, B.C. August 2018