Bear tries to break into pot shop dumpster, steals it instead

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LYONS, Colo. -- A bear-proof dumpster in Lyons is living up to its promise.

The Bud Depot cannabis shop keeps its trash in locked dumpster behind a locked gate outside its back door.

“Oh, [it’s] just boxes. It’s none of the fun stuff like you would imagine,” Nikko Garza, manager at The Bud Depot, told FOX31.

Still, something inside the dumpster attracted a bear the staff sees so regularly, they nicknamed it "Cheeseburger." They say this time, he broke through the wooden fence in an attempt to get into the dumpster.

“Busted through like "The Shining," which is ironic because the Stanley Hotel is like 20 minutes up the road,” Garza said.

When the bear couldn’t get into the dumpster, it decided to steal the dumpster instead.

A security camera caught the would-be thief in the act. The bear rolls the dumpster outside the fence and several yards through the parking lot.

“He’s all into the Rocky Mountain high and I don’t blame him. He knows the good stuff when he sees it, or smells it,” Garza said.

Or, maybe the bear was just trying to help the staff with their chores.

“Everybody wants to work at a cannabis shop. He’s just showing initiative,” Garza said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has information about what you can do to help keep bears wild and remain bear aware.

On Wednesday, CPW said its officers continue to monitor the bear situation in Lyons.

"It will take a community effort, not just one business or home, to secure attractants to prevent bears coming back constantly for an easy meal (trash, bird seed, etc)," said spokesperson Jason Clay via email.

Clay said bears in Lyons is not unnatural, but the animals should not be relying on trash for food.

"Relocation potentially could be an option on the table if this bear is habituated in town there and reliant on trash. That could escalate into a dangerous situation for a human-bear conflict," Clay said.

Clay said he does not know whether bears spotted in Lyons have previously been handled by CPW. However, if they were (as indicated by ear tags), their history of behavior would be taken into consideration as to what to do with the animals.

Additionally, CPW said officers have tried hazing the bears to scare them away from businesses and residences. The agency also said that it would be writing tickets to people who do not properly secure their dumpsters.

Currently, there are no plans to euthanize the bears.

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