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Product testing, black bear-style…

Dale Maas, a recent visitor to BLM’s beautiful Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area in Arizona, watched this black bear try - in Dale’s words - to “circumvent the design” of a trash can in one of the picnic areas.

The bear wasn’t successful, but it’s a great reminder as Memorial Day rolls around that using designated trash cans not only keeps our public lands clean but also protects wildlife!

All photos courtesy of Dale Maas; story submitted by BLMer Adam Milnor

A Critically Endangered Philippine Pond Turtle seen feeding on fruit in captivity, a rare sight for this secretive species. Only known to be from a small area in northern Palawan this species has been decimated by the illegal wildlife trade.