Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

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."

The dumpster-diving incident serves as a reminder to be aware and prepared as 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. 

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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