A male 30-pound black bear cub was killed when he was crushed by a falling dumpster Monday morning, September 9, in Jefferson County.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, who released photographs of the tragic incident on Twitter, this is highly unusual. However, this serves as a good reminder that dumpsters should always be secured on solid and flat ground, where bears cannot get inside.

According to The Associated Press, it is believed that a larger mother bear caused the dumpster to tip.

Please be “bear aware” and cautious about how you store and dispose of your trash. One careless act can lead to dangerous human-bear encounters or tragic accidents. Keep bears alive and wild in Colorado. For more tips on living safely among wildlife from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, click here.

Human-bear interactions are expected to skyrocket as bears start to spend more time looking for food prior to months of hibernation.

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