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Posted on Sat, Aug 3, 2013 : 6 a.m.

Crafty bear caught on camera wheeling away restaurant's dumpster

By Lorrie Shaw

Bears are known for their smarts, especially when it comes to getting access to food. It's fair to say that commercial dumpsters are especially inviting to the creatures.

Remember the video of the young bear cubs who were stuck in a dumpster after their curiosity got the better of them?

Well, video footage captured by a Colorado Springs, Colo. restaurant is making the rounds and is equally interesting to watch.

Twice in the last week, a large bear has lumbered to the back of a popular German restaurant with a penchant for authentic wiener schnitzel, and on both occasions, he was caught on tape. He's given dumpster driving — er, diving — a whole new meaning.

"He just grabbed right onto it," said Dieter Schnakenberg, manages Edelweiss.

"There's just something about a bear taking a trash dumpster away."

The video cameras were installed not long so, as the restaurant had been the target of graffiti.

Little did anyone know that mischief of this kind would be captured.

"He must like our food. He does take out," mused Helga Schnakenberg, co-owner of the family-run eatery.

"It looks like he's using a shopping cart."

After the second time, it was decided that locking the 500-pound dumpster to the fence would be a wise idea to perhaps dissuade the uninvited guest from continuing his bear buffet.

Though the restaurant is located in close proximity to downtown Colorado Springs, bears have been sighted in the area.

You can view the bear's hijinks in the clip below.

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Sarah Rigg

Tue, Aug 6, 2013 : 2:11 p.m.

I kind of doubt that simply putting this in the pets section will encourage people to think of wild bears as pets. doesn't have an "animals" section, but many pet lovers also love wildlife.


Sun, Aug 4, 2013 : 4:02 p.m.

Clever and cute video, but let's not lose sight of the fact that Bears ARE NOT pets. They are dangerous wild animals. I can't believe A2. Com put this under "Pets".

Elaine F. Owsley

Sun, Aug 4, 2013 : 10:45 a.m.

Who would have thought a bear in an alley with a garbage container could be so sweet?


Sat, Aug 3, 2013 : 2:16 p.m.

"Smarter than the average bear!!!"


Sat, Aug 3, 2013 : 1:05 p.m.

classy outdoor seating