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Bear brawl at N.W.T. garbage dump caught on video

Two black bears were caught on video in the Tulita, N.W.T. garbage dump. The appeared to be fighting over scraps.

Two black bears were caught on camera fighting in the Tulita garbage dump

Two black bears were caught on video fighting in the Tulita, N.W.T., garbage dump. (Brian McPherson/Facebook)

In a video posted to Facebook recently, two black bears appear to rear up in a grumpy confrontation in the Tulita, N.W.T., garbage dump. Despite the drama of the situation, neither animal appeared to be injured in the tussle, or to have taken any of it very seriously.

Tulita resident Brian McPherson, 25, was in the back seat of a red pickup truck with friends when they threw out their garbage at the dump. 

That's when a bear grabbed one of the bags and walked away. 

"There were about four or five bears there at the time," he said. One of the bears sat near the bear with the new stash of food.

"They started eating and then you could hear them make really weird noises and then they started fighting," McPherson said. "I think they were fighting over the bag."

McPherson said seeing the bears fight got a little scary. "They're not domesticated, so all of a sudden if one bear got hungry and fought the other bear off, it could come to us thinking we have more food — that's kind of the scary part," he said.

"My friend Melissa was actually kinda like trippin' and she was telling her boyfriend Jimmy to 'reverse the truck, reverse the truck!'"

It was only once they had backed off a bit that they could relax.

"You see it in videos but ... until you actually experience it ... two big heavy weights going at each other — that's actually pretty scary."

He suspects bad weather could be affecting their food supply, leaving them a little edgy.

"If you live here you can see our river is really low ... other animals aren't in that area."

With files from Katie Toth

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