Workers at a US resort were stunned to find a black bear passed out drunk on their lawnafter he guzzled 36 beers in a night of drunken revelry, they said.
Lisa Broxon, a staff member at the Baker Lake Resort outside the US city of Seattle, says staff discovered the large and furry visitor sound asleep in the campground when they turned up for work.
"It is very unusual to see a bear just lying there sleeping on the lawn, so the camp host started looking around to find out what had happened," she said.
"He found that some campers had left out some coolers and that the bear had broken into them and started drinking their beer after opening the cans with his teeth.
"The strange thing is that he appeared to like only Rainer [a local brand] beer and he tried one can of Busch but didn't even finish it."
Fish and Wildlife Department officers were called to the campground when staff began to worry about how the drunk bear would behave when he woke up.
But the large intruder lumbered off before he could be caught, prompting the wildlife experts to set a trap to lure him back the following day.
The bait for the trap: more Rainier beer, of course.
Ms Broxon says the bear was caught and safely relocated to an area well away from humans, and bottle shops, following the incident three weeks ago.
"This is the first time I've heard of a bear drinking beer. He was obviously a party animal," she said.
Friday, 20 August 2004
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