Oct. 12 (UPI) — Security cameras at a gas station in British Columbia captured an unusual shoplifting incident. The footage shows a real black bear walking into the Tipton Gas Bar in Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island, and snatching a packet of gummy bears before leaving the store. The bear then proceeded to enjoy its stolen treat in the parking lot. The owners of the gas station, Jay and Karen Degosbriand, were not bothered by the bear’s presence and found it amusing. They mentioned that the bear did not display any aggressive behavior during its visit.
Q: Is it common for bears to steal food from stores?
A: While it is not a regular occurrence, there have been instances of bears entering stores or establishments in search of food. These incidents often happen in areas where bears have access to human settlements or encounter easy sources of food.
Q: How should one react if they encounter a bear?
A: If you encounter a bear, it is important to stay calm and avoid startling or provoking the animal. Back away slowly, and do not run. Make yourself appear larger by raising your arms and speaking in a calm, assertive voice. Give the bear space and allow it to retreat. If the bear shows aggression, make loud noises, throw objects, or use repellent if available.
Q: Can bears eat human food?
A: Bears are omnivorous animals and can consume a variety of foods. However, it is crucial to avoid feeding bears purposely or leaving out food that might attract them. Human food lacks essential nutrients and can lead to dependency on unnatural food sources. Additionally, interactions between bears and humans can be dangerous for both parties involved.
Q: How can humans prevent encounters with bears?
A: To prevent encounters with bears, it is essential to keep food and other attractants secured and inaccessible. This includes properly storing trash, keeping bird feeders out of reach or removing them completely, and not leaving pet food outside. It is also advisable to familiarize oneself with bear behavior, adhere to wildlife regulations, and report any bear sightings to local authorities.