Bear knocks back stolen beer
New Brunswick police continue to find brew from missing Moosehead shipment
Oct 21, 2004 - Beer season for bears continues to the north. This time the beer is Moosehead and the bear is Canadian.
Police in New Brunswick discovered 200 cans of stolen Moosehead beer at a marijuana growing operation in the forest near Doaktown, N.B. A few of the cans, from a shipment bound for Mexico that was stolen in August, had been ripped open by a bear.
A while back, Washington state Fish and Wildlife agents found a black bear passed out on the lawn of a resort. That bear has consumed dozens of cans of Rainier Beer.
It apparently got into campers' coolers and used his claws and teeth to puncture the cans. But not just any cans. "He drank the Rainier and wouldn't drink the Busch beer," said Lisa Broxson, bookkeeper at the campground and cabins resort east of Mount Baker.
Back in New Brunswick, "Six of the cans were discovered with bite marks in them indicating a bear had, at one point, been into the beer," the police said in a news release. The release said there was no sign of either the animal or the people who had stashed the beer.
The beer cans were identified as having belonged to a load of 54,000 cans that disappeared from a Moosehead delivery truck more than two months ago. The stolen beer has been turning up in various places around New Brunswick since the transport truck was discovered abandoned in Grand Falls, N.B.
Wade Haines of Fredericton, the driver of the truck, has been charged with theft over $5,000 and is awaiting trial.
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