Bear who skipped the rhubarb pie was more lucky than he knows

black bear cubReal estate agents use the scent of freshly baked goods to help a house feel more like a home, hoping to inspire visitors to become buyers. But leaving out pies to cool brought in a different kind of visitor at a Colorado eatery.

FOX 31 in Denver reported the story of the bear who helped himself to cherry and apple pies – but apparently passed over the strawberry rhubarb. The story quickly went viral – after all, bears with discerning taste in baked goods is the kind of story we all need on a Thursday afternoon.

And though the family who own The Colorado Cherry Company are treating the incident with good humour – offering the bear a job as a server, if he is so inclined to return – it is events like this that can lead to bigger problems.

The adage ‘a fed bear is a dead bear’ still very much applies, and it is important that those who live in areas where bears may frequent or live remember to secure areas where food may be present (such as large windows with pies cooling in them) and remove other attractants.

This story ends with a smile and a wink, but too many others across Canada and the world end with a bullet and wild families torn apart. We all need to do our part in learning to live with our wild neighbours – after all, they learned to live with us.


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