Two black bear cubs were escorted off of a Fort Carson training area after the curious duo trapped themselves in a Dumpster.
The cubs were found Wednesday morning by troops training at Camp Red Devil, on the southwest edge of the 135,000-acre installation. Soldiers called on post wildlife experts to rescue the entrapped bears.
"We got them out of the Dumpster and away from the training area," Fort Carson spokeswoman Dani Johnson said.
But the wandering cubs didn't go easily. After escaping the trash container, they climbed a nearby tree where they stayed until wildlife workers could shoo them away.
State Parks and Wildlife spokesman Bill Vogrin said his agency wasn't involved in Wednesday's incident. But the state agency is well aware of Fort Carson's burgeoning bear population, he said.
Bears are common on the south side of Fort Carson, a region of canyons, buttes and creeks that's uninhabited when soldiers aren't training there.
The animals aren't seen as a problem by post officials until they wander miles north into the post's housing areas.
Bears are especially active this month as they seek to fatten up ahead of winter's hibernation.
Parks and Wildlife estimates that bears can spend up to 20 hours a day foraging this time of year in what the agency describes as the "fall feeding frenzy."
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