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A black bear from the Lake Tahoe area has made headlines after repeatedly entering a 7-Eleven convenience store to steal snacks in the candy aisle.
It was not the first time the 16-year-old bear had forced its way into a store to fill its belly. It was reportedly making weekly raids there, as well as raids at a Safeway grocery store. It even crashed a birthday party and ruined it by eating the birthday cake.
The 7-Eleven store clerk Paul Heigh told reporters that he tried to shoo the animal away from the entrance of the store but the bear bluff charged him and scared him away.
“Fighting off bears was not in the job description, but it is now apparently,” Paul said, according to CBS Sacramento.
Wildlife officials got there and trapped the bear and relocated it to a faraway wilderness area with hopes it will not return. If it does, the authorities will know it, because they’ve fitted the bear with a GPS collar to track its movements.
Tahoe Bears said, “Bears with access to human food can easily be double the weight of a wild bear on a natural diet. Males weighing over 600 pounds have been documented in the Lake Tahoe Basin.”
The average weight for an adult female black bear on a natural diet is from 100 – 200 pounds whereas adult males are much larger weighing 250 – 350 pounds. Human food pretty much makes them double and triple in size, just like the one in the video you’re about to see below.