Bears Cubs Rescued From Dumpster in Lutsen, MN
Two bear cubs were rescued from a dumpster at the Cascade Vacation Rentals campus in Lutsen.
Lutsen, MN, October 25, 2015 – Two bear cubs had gotten trapped inside of a dumpster at the Lutsen campus of Cascade Vacation Rentals early Wednesday morning. The mother of the cubs had managed to escape on her own but the two juveniles were trapped inside the dumpster. CVR employees worked to free the two cubs and they were reunited with their mother by Wednesday afternoon.
- At 7:31 AM Cascade Vacation Rentals employee Bara Raah Gregoire was going to dispose of her trash in the dumpsters at the Cascade Vacation Rentals Lutsen campus, where she lives. Although the dumpster was secure with two bear bars, which were securely in place, Bara opened the lid to find a bear within.
- “I just went to dumpster and both bars were on it and when I opened it the bear was sitting in the dumpster!! I wonder how that is even possible with it being barred shut?!? I ran off with my trash but didn’t put the bars back on or look to see if the bear jumped out.” That is the text Bara sent to the CVR maintenance team.
- Around 9AM CVR owner Steve Surbaugh went up to the campus building, located two blocks behind the main office building along Highway 61 in Lutsen, to investigate. Upon going to check the dumpster for damage he spotted two cubs trapped inside. They were too small to escape on their own. An adult bear was in a tree nearby.
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- With the help of employees Andrew Beavers and Mike “Chili” Groth, they fashioned a
ladder out of a broken futon frame which was then lowered into the dumpster. From
the other side Andrew and Chili create noise and banged against the side of the
dumpster until one of the cubs slowly ascended the make-shift ladder and leaped out of
the dumpster. The cub quickly joined its mother in the tree. The second cub was more
reserved, popping its head out but then going back in a couple of times before it finally
made the leap out and was reunited with its family.
- Cascade Vacation Rentals employees Sarah Somnis and Sarena Nelson captured the
rescue on video, which can be viewed at
- None of the bears were harmed in the rescue and all three quickly descended from the
tree and ran off into the nearby woods. The staff is investigating how the bears
managed to get into the dumpsters with the bear bars attached and the lid secured. It
just goes to show how tricky it can be to keep the bears at bay as they try to fatten up
for their winter hibernation.
Cascade Vacation Rentals is Northern Minnesota’s largest local vacation rental company. They
rent vacation homes in along Lake Superior’s North Shore from Duluth to the Canadian border
with over 170 vacation rental properties. Cascade Vacation Rentals is owned by Steve
Surbaugh of Grand Marais, MN and Mike Larson of Lutsen, MN
For more information please contact Jaye White or Laura Muus at 218-663-7971.