Unsecured garbage is to blame for yet another black bear incident in a Colorado mountain town this week.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) tranquilized a 400-pound bear after discovering the "sick old boar" inside an unlocked dumpster at a restaurant in Woodland Park.
"Garbage kills bears," Colorado Parks and Wildlife warned in a tweet on Wednesday following the incident. "We hope it won't be the case with this 400-pound bear."
A common #BearAware adage @COParksWildlife is: #GarbageKillsBears. We hope it won't be the case with this 400-pound bear, a sick old boar, found in an unlocked commercial trash bin at a Woodland Park restaurant. CPW #wildlife officer Tim Kroening is assessing it after darting it. pic.twitter.com/Tm0WwOaZ1y— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) October 7, 2020
The dumpster-diving incident serves as a reminder that bears turn into relentless eating machines during some months. During the hyperphagia stage – a period of excessive eating and drinking in preparation of hibernation – bears can consume a staggering 20,000 calories or more per day. That’s nearly 6,700 french fries a day or 70 slices of pizza!
Along with securing garbage, wildlife officials also recommend removing bird feeders, closing garage doors, keeping windows and doors accessible to bears locked.