Why Test Products Using Captive Bears?
Over the past 10 years, numbers and diversity of bear-resistant storage containers available to consumers has increased dramatically. Until the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee's (IGBC) Bear-Resistant Products Testing Program was conceived, there wasn't a formal process for evaluating containers. Many products marketed as "bear-proof" were NOT bear-proof. Consumers were purchasing products that didn't prevent bears' access and efforts to bear-proof communities began to fail as a result. Wild bears learned very quickly to find easy meals in ineffective products and consumers stopped spending money on "bear-proof" products.