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Grizzly polishes off black bear

BANFF, Alberta — It's a bear-eat-bear world, and only the strong survive. The Rocky Mountain Outlook reports that a 45kg (100 lbs) black bear was killed and eaten by a grizzly bear in Banff National Park. The same grizzly had also killed a black bear last year, but Parks Canada biologists think this happens more often than is documented.

This was a relatively easy meal for the grizzly identified as Bear 122. "He's an extremely large grizzly weighing between 500 and 600 pounds (227 to 272kg), versus a 100-pound (45kg) black bear," said Steve Michel, Parks Canada biologist. "It's probably not a difficult meal."

Bears eat berries and what not, but they are opportunistic feeders. They will kill elk and moose, for example, and occasionally cubs of their own species.

Other species also exhibit similar traits. Wolves often eat their cousins, the coyotes.

All in all, it sounds like it's not easy being a black bear in Banff National Park these days. The Outlook also reports of several other black bears killed on either the Trans-Canada Highway or on the Icefields Parkway to Jasper.

Bear's top snack is Diggity Sauce

TELLURIDE, Colo. — In the dark of the early morning hours, just after closing time, a black bear was found breaking and entering a food cart on the main street in Telluride. The business, Diggity Dogs, sells hot dogs, but the owner of the food cart, said the strongest enticement seemed to be Diggity Sauce. The Telluride Daily Planet says the bear was unavailable for comment.

The case did reveal an irony. While it's strictly against the law to leave food out in trashcans and in other ways that tempt bears, no such laws addressed food carts. Even so, this was the first raid on the Diggity Dogs cart.

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