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By Tom McGhee
The Denver Post

GARFIELD COUNTY - Don't call this bear Smokey.
A large black bear wreaked so much havoc on a marijuana grower's operation in rural Garfield County that the owner abandoned it.
Garfield County sheriff's deputies who raided the pot farm found pipes chewed in half, food containers ripped apart, cans scarred by bites, claw marks and bear prints and trees bearing claw marks. "If I can find this bear, I'm going to deputize him," said Sheriff Danny Perkins.
The beast is big enough that 6-foot, 2-inch Deputy Ray Gardner had to reach above his head to point out the spot where the bear clawed a tree.
The planter, or planters, apparently gave up on the site, abandoning the camp after repeated appearances by the bear, Perkins said.
"This particular bear apparently was not going to give up and basically chased these marijuana farmers away," he said.
Deputies found 4,000 "starter" sacks of marijuana (small plastic bags with seeds, some plant food and dirt), and 888 young plants. All of the material is being destroyed.

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Deputies then responded to the Cumby's down the street for a bear shoplifting some Phillies blunts and a few bags of chips.
 
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