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Advocates Urge Supplemental Feeding of Bears (TEXT and VIDEO)

Environment  (tags: Dept. of Game and Fish, habitat destruction, climate, drought, conservation, endangered, environment, habitat, humans, nature, weather, wildlife, humans, nature )

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State wildlife officials say more than two dozen bears have been relocated and more than a dozen have been killed this summer after wandering into the metro-area, likely in search of food.

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Lona G (80)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 5:09 am
"It's something you do if you've got a real serious problem." It sounds like they have, so they should supplement the bears food, People have encroached on their habitat and additional food shortage due to (weather) circumstances are hitting the bears harder than before, so if you want to keep them alive but out of your town there's nothing else left to do.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 5:23 am
Like many of you I grew up knowing that feeding bears was a VERY BAD thing! Environmental conditions have changed and so have my personal beliefs. I am not suggesting we all start leaving food out on window sills for our hungry critters. I do however, believe that done properly, supplemental feeding could not only help our beleaguered bear population, but us as well. Too many of these beautiful creatures have been discovered in cities and towns (their's by right), and had to be relocated or KILLED. To me this is deplorable. Supplemental feeding done properly could save them as well as us. Please don't make this another situation where we kill needlessly.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:44 am

. (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 9:30 am
Shotting bears is a solution? Often times, simply banging pots together,or having a screetch whistle will scare them off. They are not looking to hurt anybody.

Sheila D (194)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:52 pm
MN bears are not to be fed, even tho many in the northern areas still put out food. It seems every other year there's a story about bears breaking into cabins of those who have been feeding them...looking for more food and a bit of mischief. We've been lucky as there's only been damage to the cabins, not people or pets.
Noted and thank you.

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 8:42 pm
What is a bear to do when humans have destroyed their food?

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 12:15 pm
Poor bears---poor animals period. Overpopulation is the problem. Animals are running outta space and food sources thanks to us---way too many humans. Animals have to eat too---but leaving food out 4 them is putting their lives in jeopardy. Bears are often killed by trigger happy uniform clad buffoons 4 this reason. Thanks Carrie

Birgit W (160)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 12:52 pm
We are taking the natural environment away from animals.

Malgorzata Zmuda (198)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 1:12 pm
Biedne niedźwiedzie,

Mike H (252)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 2:39 pm
Humans are a plague on this world

Connie O (44)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 3:17 pm
Supplemental feeding has kept bears away from people where I live. They are hungry and it can lead them away from trouble.

S J (130)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 3:23 pm
Why kill? Kill animals, kill people, kill... I m so tired of killing all over!

Thanks Carrie.

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 5:47 pm
This is terribly sad. To me it says we have taken up way toomuch of the land that belonged to the animals in the first place. I would suggest personally feeding bears but something safe and not killing needs to be proposed and put into action fast.

It is dangerous to have wildlife coming so close to your home but guess what?? We are in their backyards too.


Connie O says Supplemental feeding is done and works in her area. Maybe there is the solution right now!!! There is a safety issue here but NO murdering or killing.

Eternal G (745)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 5:55 pm
It won't solve the problem, not long term anyway. More people, brings more opportunities for food which will translate into larger bear population and so forth... unless humanity is willing to address the cause; the ever increasing human population, things will only grow worse.

Ravenna C (20)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 6:06 pm
What a difficult situation. Like Carrie B. I grew up knowing that you "Don't feed the bears!" ..However circumstances change and as a higher functioning species (or so they say...) we as humans adjust our thoughts and actions for the given situation.

"Jan Hayes is the founder of Sandia Mountain BearWatch, one of the groups asking Gov. Susana Martinez to direct the state's Department of Game and Fish to consider placing food for bears high up in the Mountains.

"I've spent 20 years informing people not to feed bears, but we've got a different situation now," Hayes said."

We have taken over the homes of many wild animals. They don't want to hang out with humans but they do want to live. We can't take away their food sources and then be surprised when starving they come to our communities. We as humans have options. The bears don't.

Jason S (50)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 7:40 pm
Good posting, thanks

Marie W (67)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 9:04 pm
Hungry is hungry.

Nikki B (129)
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:02 am
Noted. Thanks for the interesting post Carrie.

Fran F (118)
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:11 am
According to Dr. Lynn Rogers, founder of the North American Bear Center in Ely, MN, "...about a dozen households have been feeding bears since at least as early as 1961...As a result, there are no bad food years here, so they have fewer problems (with bears) than anywhere I know. It's important to feed them correctly with things they normally eat in the wild such as sunflower seeds.

Elisa F (235)
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:57 am
Noted. Thank you, Carrie.

Frances Darcy (133)
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:21 am
We took their habitats ... they need food.... if giving them food relieves the situation then it should be done but as Fran F says... correctly and monitored.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:47 am
Here where I live, humans have given bears a "3 strikes and your dead" rule!
The slogan on many car bumpers is "A Fed Bear Is A Dead Bear."
And "Please Don't Feed Our Bears."
It makes me angry because I live right on the stateline of CA./NV. The CA. side kills the bears for "trouble" they get into, and the NV. side tries to relocate them.
It is an ongoing problem with bears and wild horses. Does one feed them illegally, or let them die?
It's OUR fault they are starving! :-(

Past Member (0)
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:50 am
Dr. Lynn Rogers came to Lake Tahoe to try to help people learn to co-exist with bears here.
I met him and talked to him for quite some time. He is the voice of reason in a crazy world.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 5, 2013, 4:34 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday August 5, 2013, 5:35 am
Less wild animals would be hungry if it were not for factory farms that destroy water, mines, urban sprawl, and all the things that contribute to global warming. Should we feed bears? Well stop killing wolves so the two species can decide who is going to be the next meal. It's not up to us. Let Mountain lions live and stop trapping. There is plenty for all if we didn't mess up the balance.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 5, 2013, 7:18 am
If it keeps them off the streets at night, then do it

Alice C (1797)
Monday August 5, 2013, 9:23 am
Many bears came by our campsite in PA. They didn't bother anybody and we didn't bother them. They were just looking for berries. Thank you for this post ~ shared

Past Member (0)
Monday August 5, 2013, 10:26 am
Too many people that is the only problem. Why can't they use tranquilizer guns for the Bears.

Yvette S (35)
Monday August 5, 2013, 10:52 am
Sadly noted and I pray for wisdom in this terrible situation

Yvette S (35)
Monday August 5, 2013, 10:53 am
Thanks Carrie

James Doeppers (0)
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:11 pm

Arlene Morrison (1)
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:30 pm
Surely feed thembwhere it is appropriate1 Better than having to kill them,which seems to be the answer to everything!

Jaime Alves (52)
Monday August 5, 2013, 2:29 pm
Noted, thanks.!!
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