Halloween props can apparently be used to scare off bears. A Virginia resident captured video of a method they devised to ward off a trash-stealing black bear -- by attaching a creepy, motion-activated laughing clown doll!
The video shows a bear approach a trash can and starts sniffing around. He then bites on the side of the lid to try and tip the can over when all of a sudden, the doll is activated and laughs loudly while its eyes light up and limbs flail. The bear flees the scene.