by Karen Deatherage
October 19, 2004
For the past two years, Defenders of Wildlife has worked closely with the Department of Fish and Game and other agencies to educate the public about the handling of garbage and human food in order to avoid conflicts with bears. We also inform residents of the state law that prohibits the negligent feeding of bears through improperly stored garbage and food. As a result of these efforts, the number of food-conditioned bears killed in the Anchorage area has greatly decreased.
Training bears to eat human food is a bad idea for everyone concerned. It's clearly bad for bears, but it's also bad for Alaskans who live in bear country. Bear baiting undermines all the work that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and its partners have done to keep human food away from bears, threatens the safety and property of rural residents and should not be permitted in Alaska.
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