People think they are helping bears when they give them food. That of course is not the case. All you are doing is teaching the bear that humans are a food sources and when a bear sees a human and they do not have food they become the food.
Because of the danger that is caused by feeding bears when wildlife officials discover that a bear is being fed by humans they have no choice but to kill it. That is exactly what happened in this news release out of Oregon.
According to the Weather Channel, wildlife officials in Oregon have euthanized a black bear after they feared the animal had become too comfortable with people who were feeding it and taking selfies with it.
Authorities first became aware of the issue after people posted selfies on social media with the bear. The DNR also spotted the bear eating trail mix, sunflower seeds, cracked corn and other food that people left for it.
This is a classic example of why we implore members of the public not to feed bears,” Kurt Licence, a wildlife biologist for the agency, said. “While the individuals who put food out for this bear may have had good intentions bears should never, ever be fed.”
“They are perfectly capable of fending for themselves, and it’s always better to leave them alone and enjoy them from a safe distance,” Licence said.
The Washington County Sheriff also issued a statement on the incident.
“We’re also sad about what happened to the bear at Hagg Lake. This was a tough decision the wildlife experts at the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife had to make for the safety of everyone. Relocation wasn’t an option in this case. Humans shouldn’t feed wild bears.”
Please folks do not feed the bears. It does not help them.