MN Bill Would Ban Hand-Feeding Bears
Hand-Feeding Bears Could be Illegal in Minnesota
A proposal moving through the Minnesota legislature would ban feeding wild bears by hand.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the bill is supported by the state Department of Natural Resources.
The proposal would also make it unlawful to leave out food to feed or attract bears, as well neglecting to take away food or trash that have attracted bears.
Bird feeders would not be included in the ban, and hunters and researchers with permits could bait bears.
The director of the Department of Natural Resources’ fish and wildlife division says the ban is needed to protect people, so bears don’t start to see them as a food source.
The state has been in a legal battle with bear researcher Lynn Rogers, refusing renew his permit last year and saying his hand-feeding of bears created a public danger.