This item isn't prompted by any particular ongoing story. I was just looking up something, which then led me to this release talking about the Otterbox Venture Cooler (molded by Warren, Mich.-based Proper Tool & Mold) and it mentioned it was certified as being able to resist a bear.
Huh. I thought. Where does one find a bear to do product testing? Montana, it turns out, where the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (made up of representatives from agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management) looks after bears that have to be relocated.
One of the group's services is product testing to make sure bears can't get into consumer products such as trash bins, coolers and food containers that are used for camping or by people living in areas with a big bear population.
How do they do the testing? Put some food in the items, then place the items in with the bears for 60 minutes. If they survive, the items are officially certified as bear-resistant.
For the record, the most recent list covers 20 pages of qualified products and includes several brands of plastic coolers, wheeled trash carts and storage boxes.