Tuesday, August 18, 2009

“We have a human behavior problem.”

Please don't feed the wild animals. They are wild. San Bernardino National Forest bear: Californians biting off more than they can chew by feeding it -- chicagotribune.com

This is the story of a bear being fed by Californians at a picnic area in a national forest. The picnic area has now been closed.
In fact, the bear that forced the closing of a picnic area next to California's San Bernardino National Forest's busiest trailhead July 7 had adapted to an easy food source: hot dogs and other human fare left out by picnickers and residents.

"People were leaving a lot of food unattended; they weren't properly throwing it away in the bear-proof cans. There was even reported cases where people were intentionally feeding the bear," said John Miller of the U.S. Forest Service. "We have a human behavior problem."
The winner of the Darwin Award for "Not Knowing Anything About Wild Animals," goes to...
And in Colorado, a 74-year-old woman who had been feeding dog food to the black bears she considered her pets was killed and partially eaten by bears, authorities said.
They are wild animals people. They aren't cute or cuddly. And if they get to associate you and food, they may just decide that you are food.

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