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The officers of the Kidder Township Police in Carbon County, Pennsylvania were in for a pleasant surprise when they showed up for their morning shift.
On September 30, 2020, a bear was spotted riding on top of a dump truck.
Kidder Township police officer Vincent Murrow said, “We can only assume it was sick of going for the small, small amount of trash in the garbage pails and went for the big prize.”
The Kidder Township Police posted on their Facebook page that the bear was uninjured during the fiasco: “He did make it down safe. The truck backed to the tree and he made his way down. All is good!”
Officer Murrow continued by saying bear complaints are up this year.
“It’s been pretty frequent, almost daily that we’re getting a new bear complaint in the area.”
Back in July, another bear in the area made its way into a car and ate all of the food in the back seat.
Katherine Uhler of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center explained that bears are usually out and about this time of year. Since it’s right before hibernation, bears are usually hungry.
“Each bear is eating about 20,000 calories a day, which is about ten times more than you or I eat. So they are moving around a lot, and they are very hungry. Part of it is because of COVID. People are outside a lot, and that moves bears around, so there are a lot of bear sightings,” Uhler said.
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