It all started in the High Peaks region of the northeastern Adirondacks with a small (125-pound), middle-aged bear named Yellow-Yellow. Whenever campers noticed that their BearVaults had been compromised, this shy creature with yellow radio tags in each ear was never far away. Further investigation revealed that Yellow-Yellow had used a process of trial and error until he figured out the unlocking process and began helping himself to the movable feasts. Manufacturers then added an additional step to the process, but the brainy ursus figured that one out as well. And now there's evidence that Yellow-Yellow has taught some other bears the secret, as more and more campers are reporting missing sausages, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and apples.
The makers of the BearVault are hard at work creating an even better product for the genius bears of New York, and it will be field tested in Yellow-Yellow's territory. If this one doesn't work, I suggest we all welcome our new bear overlords.