Bear Steals Dumpster: Watch Hungry Black Bear Roll Delicious Dumpster Away From Colorado Springs Restaurant Edelweiss [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on August 2, 2013 12:42 PM EDT

Bear Steals Dumpster
Even black bears love take-out food. (Photo: YouTube)

A bear steals a dumpster from a Colorado restaurant. No, it's not the set-up for a joke, it's an actual story that happened and we've got the video to prove it. A bear stole a dumpster from Colorado Springs restaurant Edelweiss, a German foods eatery that has apparently been on the menu for hungry bears for weeks now.

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"There's some fresh, really good food attracting the bear," Edelweiss manager Dieter Schnakenberg told Sky News. "She passes up the recycling bin and goes right for the good stuff."

The bear stole the dumpster on Tuesday night, but Schnakenberg said that after Tuesday night's foray, the bear that stole the dumpster was back again Wednesday and even earlier on Thursday. Here's the video of the bear stealing the dumpster:

Bear Steals Dumpster Video

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton encouraged Edelweiss to find a way to secure the dumpsters or the bear will steal the dumpster again.

"The best-case scenario is they secure the dumpster and the bear doesn't come back," he told Sky News, noting there has been an increase in incidents involving humans and black bears this year.

For Edelweiss, the 'bear steals dumpster' story is giving them plenty of free publicity. Patrons have been lighting up the restaurant's Facebook page with comments.

"We came down and ate last night after seeing the first video. We couldn't resist a peek to the back area after dinner, too funny she came back again. One awesome bear!!" said Fletch Asaurus Whipp.

"OH! That is effing hilarious! I gotta check this place out! I spent time in Deutschland and miss the food - especially schnitzel! :-9 If the bear thinks its THAT good, I outta drive the hour from Denver and check it out! Thumbs up, baybee!" wrote Richard T. Welsh Jr.

"LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS VIDEO! Cracks me up! Looks like the trash man taking out the trash! Smart bear! Just like Yogi! "Smarter than the average bear!!!!" said Terry Miles.

Not all the patrons who followed the 'bear steals dumpster' story were amused by it. In fact, some posted concern over the welfare of the bear.

"Looks like it's time for you to get better trash receptacles. This bear should not such easy access to your trash or anyone elses. That bear should not have to be traumatized from being relocated or, worse yet, have to die because of your carelessness and lack of personal responsibility," said Carol Allen.

"What this restaurant isn't saying here is that they apparently plan on putting boards down with nails sticking out of them to ward off the bear. Our local news story showed this after the clip was shown. They need to figure out a way to secure their dumpsters to prevent them from being able to even get to them instead of doing something to harm an animal!" wrote Kent Dorfman.

"Shame on you Edelweiss Restaurant for allowing them to put down spikes to stop the bear, there are more humane ways to take care of this problem," said Robin Sheppard.

But Edelweiss management insists that the deterrents they have set up against the bear that steals dumpsters are humane and were the ones given to the restaurant by the Colorado Department of Wildlife.

"@Robin the tac strips were given to us by the DOW and they explained how to set them up to deter the bear, not to hurt it. DOW recommended them and said they are one of the only ways to stop bears. Even if we fence the trash in they will tear through the fence. Our goal is to not get this guy tagged or put down, he is not a threat and we want to keep it that way," the company said on Facebook.

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