Dumpster-diving bear deterred, leaves restaurant property

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado black bear with a taste for German food came up empty on its third night visit to a Colorado Springs restaurant.

Surveillance video taken at the back of the Edelweiss Restaurant showed the bear pulling a dumpster full of restaurant garbage away from restaurant.  In the second foraging incident, the bear deftly maneuvered the dumpster around another dumpster and out of the view of the camera.

The bear rolls the dumpster away from the restaurant then tips it over, foraging for scraps.

The dumpster weighs about 500 pounds.  Edelweiss manager Dieter Schnakenberg said it takes two of his employees to move the container.

The restaurant now has "tack boards" -- basically plywood with nails sticking out -- along the edge of the dumpster to deter bears.  The strips were used at the suggestion of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which provided them to the restaurant. . 

After a number of people complained about the use of tack boards on the restaurant's Facebook page, the restaurant posted this clarification, "(CPAW) reassured me the bear will not be hurt by the nails, he will feel them and move on. We do NOT want to hurt the bear only deter it so that it does not become a problem."  

In the latest video, taken overnight Thursday into Friday, the bear can be seen leaving empty pawed.  The video below was taken the second night.

Mobile link to video: http://youtu.be/4zOp69X3Kpw

Edelweiss Restaurant Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EdelweissRest

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