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August 19th, 2004, 11:50 AM
Bear downs 36 beers, passes out at campground

Rainier, not Busch, the beverage of choice for thirsty black bear

The Associated Press
Updated: 7:26 a.m. ET Aug. 19, 2004

BAKER LAKE, Wash. - When state Fish and Wildlife agents recently found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort, there were some clues scattered nearby — dozens of empty cans of Rainier Beer.

The bear apparently got into campers’ coolers and used his claws and teeth to puncture the cans. And not just any cans.

“He drank the Rainier and wouldn’t drink the Busch beer,” said Lisa Broxson, bookkeeper at the campground and cabins resort east of Mount Baker.

Fish and Wildlife enforcement Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear did try one can of Busch, but ignored the rest. The beast then consumed about 36 cans of Rainier.

A wildlife agent tried to chase the bear from the campground but the animal just climbed a tree to sleep it off for another four hours. Agents finally herded the bear away, but it returned the next morning.

Agents then used a large, humane trap to capture it for relocation, baiting the trap with the usual: doughnuts, honey and, in this case, two open cans of Rainier.

That did the trick.

“This is a new one on me,” Heinck said. “I’ve known them to get into cans, but nothing like this. And it definitely had a preference.”

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August 19th, 2004, 12:26 PM
Awesome. Has Rainer found a new mascot?

I wonder what his take on Olympia beer would be? I always found that to be the best of the swill Northwest beers.

August 19th, 2004, 12:54 PM
36 beers! Very impressive.

The bear has good taste - Anything But Busch

August 19th, 2004, 01:54 PM
I wonder if that was enough to make him drunk since blood alcohol level is determined by weight, I believe that the species has nothing to do with it.

Funny story.

August 19th, 2004, 03:09 PM
Let's see... Adult American black bears weigh in at 130 to 660 lbs. Given that this is the end of summer, I'd think this particular bear was probably on the heavier side. Let's put him at 640 lbs.

I weigh about 160 lbs, and I can probably get drunk from 6-7 beers. So in the bear's case 24-28 beers should have done the trick. Since he had 36, I'd definitely say that the bear was drunk.

August 19th, 2004, 03:16 PM

August 19th, 2004, 04:20 PM

April 18th, 2007, 09:34 AM
It's All About the Malt (http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/dining/20070417_TASTING_FEATURE/blocker.htm)

April 18th, 2007, 09:42 AM
If he keeps it up he's going to get a beer belly - or is that BEAR belly?:D

April 18th, 2007, 10:16 AM
I know from which country these bears come...

April 18th, 2007, 11:36 AM
Sometimes I think you drink too much beer.

April 18th, 2007, 11:51 AM
Not much more...


Joke! :)

Is this one of your bears?


April 18th, 2007, 03:03 PM
It looks like a puppet that never made it with the Muppets.

April 19th, 2007, 02:43 PM
Since he had 36, I'd definitely say that the bear was drunk.
Plus, he probably wasn't a seasoned drinker.

April 19th, 2007, 03:04 PM
Plus, he probably wasn't a seasoned drinker.

You never know.

He could have had some bourbon stashed back in the tree at home....