Watch: In this matchup between a bear and a trash can, the can won

Bear-Resistant Trash Cart Proves Tough Nut to Crack!

Bears rewarded with trashcan tidbits quickly become conditioned to scrounging neighborhood garbage. Remove that reward and bears passing through urban areas are likely to move on in search of natural foods. This video taken Southcentral demonstrates how bear-resistant trash cans can stop even determined brown bears from accessing trash. To reduce human-bear conflicts in and make neighborhoods safer for people and bears alike, consider the following tips: - Consult your local waste service provider to see if bear-resistant carts are available for your neighborhood. If so, get one! - Keep trash in a secured building until the morning of trash pick-up. - Make sure bear-resistant trashcan lids are fully closed and latched.

Posted by Alaska Department of Fish and Game - Official on Thursday, August 9, 2018

Karin Braun heard the crash while she was outside staining her front deck in Girdwood. It was July 22, around 10 p.m., in the late-night sunshine of Alaska summer.

Near the end of her driveway, Braun said, she saw a bear flipping over her neighbor's bear-resistant trash can. Braun grabbed the cellphone from her pocket and started recording.

"He worked on trying to get in there for a little while," she said.

Braun recorded as the bear rolled the trash can, stood on it and eventually dragged it into the trees. Still, the trash can prevailed.

Braun posted the video on her Facebook account late July 22. By Thursday, it had been viewed 22,000 times. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also picked up Braun's video and used it in a Facebook post.

Ken Marsh, a Fish and Game spokesman, said the bear in the video appeared to be a young brown bear. The video, he said, "really does demonstrate how a bear-resistant can can prevent a bear from getting into trash."

[Watch: Alaska Zoo bears try to rip apart bear-resistant containers]

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.