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e of their dependence on human food and garbage," said Zo?Smith, community coordinator for WCS' Adirondack Communities and Conservation Program.http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/press/pressrel/2005/2005102.html

Subjecting the canister to the weight and strength of the grizzly bear, one of the largest carnivores in the world, means the container provides more-than-adequate protection from the black bear, the grizzly bear's smaller cousin. Unlike grizzly bears, which are found in only a handful of locations in the lower 48 states, black bears occur throughout the country, often living in or near areas of human recreation and development. This proximity to populated areas has resulted in many bears becoming increasingly habituated to human food and garbage, a prelude to human-bear conflicts.

According to WCS' black bear research in the Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada region, black bears with access to garbage dumpsters and other sources of food become a third less active and weigh up to 30 percent more than bears living under wild conditions.


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