Saturday, August 13, 2016

Feeding a black bear by hand comes with serious consequences

Two men hand feed a black bear rice cakes on Vancouver Island

Back in April, two men fed a black bear rice cakes alongside Highway 4 near Torfino on Vancouver Island and videotaped part of their hijinks, which they put onto social media.

The public outcry was immediate with many Canadians saying a fed bear is a dead bear.

“It is illegal to feed dangerous wildlife because it’s extremely dangerous for both the public and that bear,” Port Alberni conservation officer Daniel Eichstadter told CTV News Vancouver in May. “It may expect food from somebody else who stops and injure somebody that way.

“It’s putting everybody and that animal at risk and the best thing to do is show that animal some respect and give it some space. View it from afar and don’t put other people and that animal at risk.”

Thanks for several tips, the Canadian authorizes managed to track down the two men and this week they faced the consequences of their actions.

The unidentified men were charged with intentionally feeding dangerous wildlife under the BC Wildlife Act and each were fined $345, according to CTV News.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Bear shows motherly instincts when cubs get swept down Brooks Falls

A bear cam at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park in Alaska caught a poignant moment when a mother bear came to the rescue of its three cubs, or came to their side for a scolding is probably more like it.

A brown bear known as Grazer was standing atop Brooks Falls looking downstream waiting for a salmon to jump into its range. Bears typically catch the jumping salmon in their teeth.

But when Grazer looked to her left, she saw one of her three cubs get swept over the falls. And when another headed down the falls, Grazer did what mothers do. She went to her children’s aid:

A third cub also went over the falls, but all of them were OK., which operates the bear cam at Brooks Falls in concert with Katmai National Park, wrote this on its Facebook post: “And the Mother of the Year award goes to … Grazer!!!”

Well deserved.  

h/t Washington Post 

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