"The reason that we don't have "bear-proof" garbage cans in the park is that there is a significant overlap in intelligence between the smartest bears and the dumbest humans."
- Yosemite Park Ranger
We were camping in Yosemite National Park recently. The campground has these big metal boxes where you stash your food, called "bear boxes". They are a royal pain if you're with a big group and bring too much food, but there is a reason for them:
This is why you don't leave food in your car in Yosemite. A brown bear helped himself to a snack found inside this guy's locked car, on August 15, 2009. Bears don't need keys!
Interestingly, our big, brave hunting dog, Kona, didn't make a sound while all this commotion was taking place. Thanks, Kona. You make me feel so safe!