This is Why You Don’t Feed the Bears – in Michigan or Anywhere
Oswald's Bear Ranch in the Upper Peninsula, near Newberry, has two new residents. Two black bear cubs from Grand Teton National Park have been sent to live there after they lost their mother, when she had to be put down after she got too comfortable around humans.
This summer, the mother bear and the cubs were visiting several "developed" areas around the park and park visitors were caught feeding the three bears. According to MLive.com, Grand Teton National Park Deputy Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail said, "Feeding wildlife in a national park is a serious offense and presents severe risks to the animal and to humans. Human carelessness doesn't just endanger humans, it can result in an animal's death."
Finally, the bears were captured and removed after they approached two people without being offered food. The mother bear was put down after she was determined to not be a good fit for any zoo. That's three bears taken out of the wild bear population in Wyoming.
And that's why you shouldn't feed the bears. That - and the possible $5,000 fine and six months in jail.
And - by the way - if you haven't been to Oswald's Bear Ranch, gotta go someday. Your kids or grandkids will love it.
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