Bold Bears: North Shore Cubs Rescued from Refuse

October 26, 2017 04:13 PM

A North Shore vacation rental housekeeper had a bear of a time taking out the trash Wednesday morning. 

The employee, Bara, opened the dumpster behind Cascade Vacation Rentals in Lutsen to find a black bear sitting where she had planned to throw the refuse, according to a company Facebook post. That's despite "bear bars" being firmly in place before she opened the can. 

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A video in the post captured the aftermath.

According to the post, Bara ran off with the trash before investigating further. Employees later found the bear, believed to be the mother, had fled the dumpster but no farther than a nearby tree. That prompted further investigation by owner Steve Surbaugh, the post says.

A second check of the dumpster revealed two bear cubs, who appeared unable to climb out of the container. 

The post credits employees Andrew Beavers and Mike Groth with quick thinking: The pair made a ladder from a broken futon frame and placed it inside one end of the dumpster. From the other side they then coaxed the cubs, who, after some hesitation, were able to climb to freedom and their mother. 

None appeared injured, and the threesome made its way into the woods. The post says the CVR team now aims to figure out how the bears breached the bear bars. 

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Michael Oakes

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