Beeg trouble for moose and bear

| 8/20/2004

One truck driver in Canada is upset, but someone, somewhere is very happy.

That’s because 54,000 cans of Moosehead Beer disappeared Monday, Aug. 16, when a tractor-trailer failed to turn up at its destination in Toronto, Fox News reported.

The truck and empty trailer turned up in a McDonald’s parking lot in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, just north of the Maine border. The driver and the estimated $60,000 worth of Canadian beer were missing.

You wouldn’t think it would be too hard to find: The Canadian beer was labeled in Spanish and destined for Mexico when it went missing north of Maine.

But aside from checking the domiciles of inebriated geography teachers, one poster on the OOIDA members forum had a suggestion for police searching for the lost beer: Check the trailer for bear tracks.

A strange suggestion, you might say. Well, not really.

That’s because park rangers out of the Seattle area recently relocated a troublesome 2-year-old bear after it was found by rangers passed out under a tree, having downed an estimated 36 cans of beer snagged from a nearby campsite.

The Associated Press reported that the bear was a bit of a beer sophisticate. He tried a Busch beer, but switched to Rainier Beer, a local ale, and stuck with it for his drinking binge.

The bear eventually sobered up enough to be chased off. But officials were determined to catch the beer … I mean, bear, and caught it the next day using a trap baited with … you guessed it, more Rainier Beer.

The rangers relocated the bear to an “undisclosed” location. Perhaps to Canada …