It would be something like, "Took all the bears, put 'em in a bear museum / And charged the people fifteen dollars just to see 'em."
(Doesn't scan as well as the original. Blame inflation.)
All through our recent trip, I would do something like leave the cooler outside our pop-up trailer, catch myself—"A bear might get into it!"—and then realize that there are virtually no bears in the Black Hills.
I read that the last Black Hills black bear was shot in 1968 near the hamlet of Rochford, which means there were a few around when I was a boy, but I do not recall anyone needing to be too "bear aware" with garbage cans, etc., back then. (Grizzly bears were extirpated earlier.)
If you see a black bear, you are supposed to inform South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, which categorizes them as "state threatened," and fill out a "Rare Species Report Card," available as a PDF download from the web site.
But if I had (a) lots of money and (b) some close-mouthed co-conspirators, I would acquire the following:
- one or more large culvert-style bear traps
- one or more small cargo trailers, modified with additional air vents
- large pickup truck to pull the above
From capture to release should not take more than ten hours, on average—not too long for the bear to be confined. It's feasible.
Really, I am surprised that more black bears have not wandered over from the Bighorn Range or elsewhere in Wyoming. Too much open country, coal mines, Interstate 90, etc. in the way?