Throwback: That Time a Beer Stealing Bear Got Drunk and Passed Out in the Woods

You’ve probably heard that chocolate is bad for dogs, right? Well, have you ever wondered what other “people food’” animals should not eat? In Swift Creek Campground (formerly Baker Lake Resort), we found out exactly what beer does to bears. Now, this story might a little on the old side, but its definitely one for the books! Ω

Located about halfway up Baker Lake, Swift Creek Campground offers both a day-use area and overnight camping facilities.

It was there in 2004 that the Department of Fish and Wildlife found a black bear passed out on the lawn of a campground [1].

Greedy Bear

The bear was wandering near the campground when it came across a large stash of Rainier and Busch beers in a cooler. The campers were not around at that moment; they probably went hiking or swimming, or some other ‘campy’ thing they had to do.

Apparently, curiosity kills not only the cat but the bear as well. However, satisfaction brought it back. Despite the obvious difficulties of opening the cans, the bear was not one to shy away from challenges.

He helped himself to whopping 3-dozen cans of Rainier beer. He had a party all by himself. This one was not so big on sharing.

Funny enough, although there were two types of beer there, the bear drank only the Rainier and rejected the Busch.

And this wasn’t just a coincidence, they did find an empty can of Busch in the mess. It had claw marks on it which implied that he punctured it but preferred the Rainier. Now that’s a bear that knows exactly what he wants.

Beer vs Bear

Mr. Bear might have been able to hold his liquor in the beginning, but the high number of cans he took was more than a match for him. Eventually, he passed out on the lawn of the campground.

Reminds me of when people pass out on the curb, drunk out of their minds. Still, no amount of experience could have prepared those wildlife agents for the sight that lay before them: a massive drunk bear. Not something I’d like to stumble across, thank you very much.

One of the agents tried to chase the animal away from the campsite, but he was just too tired and groggy. Nevertheless, the bear managed to climb a tree and sleep off the alcohol for four hours.

Guess it’s a good thing he didn’t have to get to the office that morning. One can only imagine the sort of hangover he must have had.

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