When this security guard at a luxury hotel in Aspen, Colorado, stepped into the kitchen to investigate a potential break-in, he got the fright of his life! The culprit was a giant black bear, and this guy would not leave quietly. As the guard peers around a doorway, he is knocked off his feet by the bear. Luckily, he was not severely injured. We learn from the commentary that the bear was later captured by the authorities and euthanized.
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How Do Black Bears Normally Behave?
Black bears are generally not aggressive towards humans. Under 100 people have been killed across North America by black bears since 1900. You are more likely to be killed by a human by a black bear! Most attacks by black bears are defensive, and they are not territorial. Black bears do enter human spaces looking for food. They have an excellent sense of smell and can detect food from some distance. They are highly attracted to our high-calorie food and our garbage. Bears have been found in kitchens and delivery vehicles for this reason.
Is It a Good Idea to Feed Black Bears?
It is never a good idea to feed black bears. It can cause a change in their behavior and make them lose their instinctive fear of humans. Once the bears become emboldened, this can spill over into aggression, and humans can get hurt. Human food is not suitable for bears. It can make them put on too much weight, and they can become ill from ingesting food packaging. Perhaps this bear was initially attracted by the smell of garbage and then decided to look for something else in the kitchen! Alternatively, it may have picked up on food odors directly from the kitchen.
How to Store Garbage to Deter Bears
By storing garbage responsibly, you can help to deter black bears from your property. The top tip is to use bear-resistant garbage containers and keep the containers outdoors. Garbage containers need to have tight-fitting lids and be placed in a secure location where bears are less likely to see or smell them. Wash the trash containers after each use with a disinfectant solution. Only put them out on the day of collection and not the night before. It’s much easier not to attract bears to your property than to deal with them when they arrive.
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