Bear Guzzles 36 beers, Passes out at Campground

Clearly, a story that’s not getting enough attention, what with the Peterson case and such:

Bear guzzles 36 beers, passes out at campground (CNN-Reuters)

A black bear was found passed out at a campground in Washington state recently after guzzling down three dozen cans of a local beer, a campground worker said on Wednesday.
“We noticed a bear sleeping on the common lawn and wondered what was going on until we discovered that there were a lot of beer cans lying around,” said Lisa Broxson, a worker at the Baker Lake Resort, 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Seattle.

The hard-drinking bear, estimated to be about two years old, broke into campers’ coolers and, using his claws and teeth to open the cans, swilled down the suds. It turns out the bear was a bit of a beer sophisticate. He tried a mass-market Busch beer, but switched to Rainier Beer, a local ale, and stuck with it for his drinking binge.

Wildlife agents chased the bear away, but it returned the next day, said Broxson. They set a trap using as bait some doughnuts, honey and two cans of Rainier Beer. It worked, and the bear was captured for relocation.

Jimmy Buffett had a similar encounter years ago.

(via Memeorandum)

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  1. Bithead says:

    Rainier IS pretty good….

  2. BigFire says:

    I wonder how Rainer can utilize this story for its commercial?

  3. Moe Lane says:

    I’ve never drank Rainier myself, but it’s got to be better than Busch. ‘Course, you can say the same about pig urine.

  4. Sean says:

    I think I’m related to that bear.