Large black bear noticed driving atop Pennsylvania trash truck

Bear sightings have become relatively common in much of Pennsylvania where the animals rarely ventured before. In the past few years, bears have made their way into Philadelphia looking for new food and friends.

But there are still some things that you don’t see every day.

Earlier this week, authorities in Kidder Township, Carbon County, shared incredible photos of bears that managed to climb onto a garbage truck.

Bear complaint this morning. He managed to get directly to the police station with the garbage truck …

Posted by Kidder Township Police on Wed Sep 30th, 2020

The bear stayed on the truck until the police stationsaid olice WNEP. The crews eventually put the truck on a nearby tree so the bear could safely climb down and return to the wild.

“We can only guess that they were fed up with putting the small, small amount of trash in the bins and winning the big prize,” said Officer Vincent Murrow.

Kidder Township has had bear complaints almost every day for the past few months, Murrow added.

Several bear sightings were reported in Delaware County during the summer, while Philadelphia had a memorable bear hunt last summer that ended in Roxborough.

Katherine Uhler of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center told WNEP that this time of year bears are especially adventurous when preparing for hibernation. They use approximately 20,000 calories a day to prepare for their resting phase.

Wildlife experts advise people to only dispose of garbage and keep it covered on garbage day. If you spot a bear, it is best to ignore it.

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