[Vision2020] FW: seattletimes.com: Rainier beer wins black bear's
carlwestberg846 at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 18 14:33:15 PDT 2004
I would have thought a bear would have better taste than this.
Carl Westberg Jr.
>Rainier beer wins black bear's taste test
>The Associated Press
>BAKER LAKE, Wash. Rain-eeeeer .... Bear?
> When state Fish and Wildlife agents recently found a black bear passed
>out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort, there were some clues scattered
>nearby dozens of empty cans of Rainier Beer.
> The bear apparently got into campers' coolers and used his claws and
>teeth to puncture the cans. And not just any cans.
> "He drank the Rainier and wouldn't drink the Busch beer," said Lisa
>Broxson, bookkeeper at the campground and cabins resort east of Mount
> Fish and Wildlife enforcement Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear did try one
>can of Busch, but ignored the rest.
> "He didn't like that (Busch) and consumed, as near as we can tell, about
>36 cans of Rainier."
> A wildlife agent tried to chase the bear from the campground but the
>animal just climbed a tree to sleep it off for another four hours. Agents
>finally herded the bear away, but it returned the next morning.
> Agents then used a large, humane trap to capture it for relocation,
>baiting the trap with the usual: doughnuts, honey and, in this case, two
>open cans of Rainier. That did the trick.
> "This is a new one on me," Heinck said. "I've known them to get into
>cans, but nothing like this. And it definitely had a preference."
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