Visual Inspection of Product Components: Latches, hinges, lids, coverings, openings, etc. Anything that might allow a bear to gain entry by breaking, bending, tearing, biting, or pulling with its claws or teeth will be visually inspected.
Live Grizzly Bear Test: The live-bear test utilizes captive grizzly bears at an IGBC-approved facility. Currently, the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana is the only facility approved for this purpose by the IGBC.
- Tester places food inside container. Sometimes applying food (honey, peanut butter, fish oil, etc.) on the outside to simulate leaking.
- Container is closed and placed in the bear enclosure undergoing contact by several bears of various sizes and with varying levels of experience with containers.
- Tester monitors and videos all container testing. Photos and video footage is archived for five-years after testing.
- Container remains in the bear enclosure and accessible to bears until broken into or until 60 minutes of “bear contact time” has been reached.
- “Bear contact time” is defined as biting, clawing, pounding, rolling, compressing, chewing, or scratching by the captive test bear(s). Please note that licking does not count toward bear contact time.
- A container will be considered to have been broken into if it is rendered non-functional, or if the hinges, seams, lids, or doors are torn, bent, or broken and the bear gains access at any of these points at any time during the test.
- If a container is not broken into within the required 60 minutes of bear contact time, it will be considered to have “passed” the live-bear test.
Reproduced with the expressed permission of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.