Title: Curious Bear Makes Convenience Store Visit, Leaves with Gummy Bears
Author: George Fitz-Gibbon
Published: October 12, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
A black bear surprised customers at a convenience store in Vancouver when it strolled in and walked out with a pack of gummy bears. The incident was captured on the store’s security video.
According to the store owner, Jay Degosbrind, the bear boldly entered the store and helped itself to the pack of gummy bears without paying. Degosbrind, amazed by the incident, described the bear as non-aggressive and well-behaved, not causing any chaos or disturbance during its visit.
The store’s location, Lake Cowichan, has a history of bear encounters, with over 6,000 bear complaints in August alone, nearly double compared to the same month the previous year. As bears often forage for food before hibernation, it is unlikely that this particular bear will continue its stealing habits after securing a 75-cent pack of gummy bears.
Karen Degosbrind, the owner’s wife, found the bear’s actions fascinating and even wished to hug the wild animal despite understanding its unpredictable nature.
In an unexpected turn of events, the bear made a return visit to the store the following day, but the door was closed. No further details about the bear’s activities were provided.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Q: Did the bear cause any harm during its visit to the convenience store?
A: No, the bear was well-behaved and did not cause any disturbance or damage inside the store.
Q: How common are bear sightings in the store’s area?
A: Lake Cowichan, where the store is located, has experienced a significant increase in bear sightings and complaints, with over 6,000 reported sightings in August alone.
Q: Why do bears forage for food before hibernation?
A: Bears need to accumulate enough fat reserves before hibernation to sustain themselves throughout the winter months when food sources are scarce.
Q: Was anyone harmed during the bear’s visit?
A: There were no reports of anyone getting harmed during the bear’s store visit. However, it is important to exercise caution and keep a safe distance from wild animals.
Q: Will the store be taking any precautions to prevent future bear visits?
A: The article did not mention any specific precautions the store plans to take, but it is advisable for businesses located in bear-prone areas to secure their premises to minimize the risk of wildlife encounters.