A bear recently took a trip from his home in the wild to venture over to the nearest gas station in Tahoe City, California in hopes of finding a tasty snack. A Deputy Sheriff captured the moment on camera.
Paying a visit to the local gas station or convenience store for a quick pick-me-up snack is something that most of us can relate to. So is it unreasonable to think that a hungry brown bear might not want to do the same thing? Sure, selecting snack options from a set of garbage cans is different than picking a tasty treat from the candy and chip aisles but this playful bear didn't seem to mind one bit.
"Hey, I see you," Deputy Staley says in the Facebook video posted to the Place County Sheriff's Department Facebook page.
At the beginning of the video, it seems that Deputy Staley is talking to a bunch of garbage cans. That is, until a large brown bear pops up from behind one of the knocked over trash cans.
"Yeah, you," Deputy Staley says. "What are you doing, buddy?"
At that, the shy bear retreats back into his garbage can fort.
With 296 shares, Deputy Staley's beary funny video is getting plenty of attention and likes and although the Placer County Sheriff's Department captioned the quirky video with a playful "Peek-a-boo!", they want to make it clear that bears are wild animals and should not be approached but left alone if encountered.
"This is prime time for bears to come out of hibernation in search of food, and they're not shy about getting into your homes, cars, garbage cans, you name it!" the Placer County Sheriff's Office posted on their Facebook page. "Friendly tip: please don't engage the bears — they may look cute and fluffy, but they have real instincts!"
Even though Deputy Staley approached the bear to take a video, he's a trained professional with resources such as wildlife services at his fingertips. The rest of us should probably leave snack-loving bears to their own devices, even if it means forsaking social media glory.