YELLOW-YELLOW IS A 125 POUND BEAR WHO LIVES IN THE
NORTHEASTERN ADIRONDACKS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, home to about 5,000 other bears. She is named for the 2 yellow ear tags that help wildlife officials keep track of her. This extremely shy, rather small, middle-aged black bear has managed to figure out how to break into a complex locking system that allows her, and apparently no other bear in the country, to open a BearVault500, a popular canister designed to keep camper's and hiker's food tamper free. In all the break-ins, it is indicated that Yellow-Yellow was in the vicinity, her radio collar giving her away. She is simply able to open the canister as quickly as a camper does.
The manufacturers and Dept. of Environmental Conservation believe that they are dealing with a genius bear, who has made short shrift of the complex lid, and is able to get to the food with a twist and a snap. She doesn't much care for humans, isn't threatening, just likes our food. The manufacturers believe that it may not be too long before other bears get to figure out how to tear into this canister, and are at this moment working on a really foolproof canister. But "bear" in mind, she has outsmarted thousand pound grizzlies across the country who have only met with frustration in trying to unearth the secret of the BearVault 500. She seems to be one of a kind.
There's a rumor going round that Yellow-Yellow is forming classes to instruct moderately gifted bears on how to make humans look as foolish as she's been able to do.
The BearVault500/canister...easily opened by Yellow-Yellow.
Based on information from an article in the NYT.