Grizzlies Near Yellowstone Are Product Testing Coolers
There's no greater test for a cooler or trash can than to see if it can withstand the fury of a grizzly.
Now there are bears near Yellowstone that are helping people decide if a food container is truly bear-resistant.
Randy Gravatt is the product testing coordinator for the bears. Randy puts fish, honey and other preferred bear foods inside of coolers and trash cans. The bears then have one hour of time to see if they can get in the containers to get the food they're after.
The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center website has background on how this program came to be a thing.
The protocol for testing was developed through a cooperative effort among Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Forest Service, IGBC and the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.
In the long run, it benefits bears since they are more vulnerable to bad human interactions if bears in the wild are successful at getting out of food containers.