The principal of a West Virginia school stood eye to eye with the bear. The man was removing the protection from the school container, which is supposed to protect against bears rummaging in the garbage. As it turned out, the blockade did not stop the nosy pet, which jumped out of the dumpster at the first opportunity.
On Monday, the principal of a West Virginia elementary school had a moment of horror. While opening a school trash can, he came face to face with a dangerous predator.
The bear got scared too
The situation took place in the town of Zela in the central part of the state. The headmaster of the school was in the process of removing the special protection from the dumpster, which was supposed to prevent the bears from accessing the food leftovers. To his surprise, a large black bear jumped out of the container. The terrified director immediately ran away. The situation apparently also upset the bear, which ran in the opposite direction. Both man and beast emerged from the encounter unscathed.
Black bears, or baribals (Ursus americanus) are found throughout West Virginia and are even considered one of the state’s symbols. Although they are less aggressive than their brown cousins, they often stay near human dwellings, feeding on leftovers of food thrown away by humans. Garbage guards are very popular with the state’s residents to keep troublesome visitors from rummaging through the garbage – although, as the Zeli incident shows, sometimes bears manage to get into the bins anyway.
Main photo source: Reuters/Nicholas County Board of Education