Don’t Feed the Bears!
This past weekend we attended the Sheltowee Trace Association’s Annual Conference. This year the conference was held at the Sandstone Arches Restaurant at Natural Bridge. One of the keynote speakers was with the Ky. Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and presented on black bears in Kentucky. Over the next few days I’ll make several posts with information regarding black bears specifically in our state.
Today I’d like to remind everyone that feeding black bears in Kentucky is illegal.
The following is from the website of Ky. Dept of Fish and Wildlife:
Feeding bears is the worst thing that people can do when it comes to creating human-bear conflicts. Bears are extremely intelligent and quickly learn to associate people with food. When this occurs, bears may become habituated to people and lose their natural fear of humans, which creates potentially dangerous situations. Keep in mind the following notes if you see people feeding bears:
Food-conditioned bears live considerably shorter lives than wild bears.
Habituated bears are often killed by poachers or struck by vehicles because they frequent residential areas.
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