A foraging black bear has been caught on CCTV dragging away a bin full of old food from behind a restaurant in Colorado Springs, in the US state of Colorado. The restaurant is now working on measures to deter the bear from another food heist.
Published on Aug 2, 2013
A bear is caught on camera standing on its hind legs and pushing a large bin filled with leftovers from a restaurant car park.
A brazen bear has been caught on camera serving itself a takeaway – by pushing a bin full of leftover German food from car park of a US restaurant.
The animal has made repeat visits to the Edelweiss restaurant in Colorado Springs, where security cameras have caught it tucking into waste food.
During a Wednesday morning visit to the back door of the restaurant the bear pulled a bin about 15 metres, flipped the container over and opened the lid to eat food tossed out the night before.
The Edelweiss signature dish is rouladen – steak pounded and rolled, stuffed with bacon, mustard, onions and pickle, covered in a dark gravy and accompanied by red cabbage and fried potatoes.
Bear Staff have been warned to be careful when putting out rubbish
“There’s some fresh, really good food attracting the bear,” said Edelweiss manager Dieter Schnakenberg.
“She passes up the recycling bin and goes right for the good stuff.”
Mr Schnakenberg estimates the bear to be over two-metres tall when it stands on its hind legs, and staff have now been warned to be careful as they go to and from the bins.
The bear enjoyed the meal so much that it showed up again early Thursday.
Bear The bin is likely to be chained up and locked in future
The restaurant is about two miles south of downtown Colorado Springs, and the bear is likely following the Cheyenne Creek into the neighbourhood, Mr Schnakenberg said.
“We’re going to have to do something to stop the bear visits,” he added.
The restaurant’s management is considering using chains to anchor the bins to a nearby fence. Using a locking lid could be another option to thwart the repeat offender.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife division spokesman Randy Hampton said: “The best case scenario is they secure the dumpster and the bear doesn’t come back.”
Wildlife officials discourage people from purposely feeding bears.
“It creates a very dangerous situation, mostly for the bear,” Mr Hampton said. “None of it ends well for the bear.”