“Invention, Your Mama Just Called.”

Despite this week’s high profile political front-runners, I’m going to have to hand the “Most Creative Use Of Bears In Recent Memory” award over to this story’s Canadians “farmers:”

Police said Wednesday they were astonished to find at least 14 wild black bears guarding an illegal marijuana growing operation after a recent raid on the property in westernmost Canada.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Fred Mansveld said police believe two growers arrested in the raid had used dog food to lure the animals onto the remote property in southeastern British Columbia, to deter marijuana thieves.

Interestingly, the folks the “farmers” were most anxious to deter were fellow marijuana entrepreneurs, since the police were almost completely unmoved by the mostly-tame Ursidae. (Sadly, the bears may now be quite a bit more dangerous as “tame bears” than they were as wild ones.)

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Joseph Susanka has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. Currently residing in Lander, Wyoming -- "where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks" -- he is a columnist for Crisis Magazine and the Patheos Catholic portal.

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