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Zoo bears demonstrate how they destroy campsites

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The Oregon Zoo welcomed in the summer with a special bear awareness day.

On Saturday keepers placed a campsite in the middle of Black Bear Ridge for the zoo's four black bears to ransack.

The zoo's volunteer enrichment team included a campfire, a pan sizzling with bacon and eggs, and containers of Crisco, honey, and pork and beans.

"The purpose of this is to keep the bears active and engaged, and at the same time educate people about camping in bear territory," Christie said. "It's important to make sure food is stored properly and garbage isn't left out."

Recent bear sightings in Portland and Vancouver have put the topic of bears at the top of many peoples' minds.

This past week black bears have been seen attacking gardens in Washougal.

Earlier this month a black bear was killed on I-205 near Salmon Creek after being struck by a car.

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