INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Nevada Department of Wildlife has issued a warning for feeding black bears outside her home. Game wardens issued the formal warning to 60-year-old Jane Green on Saturday.
Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy said that it's the first time they have enforced a new law outlawing the intentional feeding of big game animals in a case involving bears. “It’s a bad idea. If you want to keep bears wild, you don’t make them dependent on human food.”
Green is alleged to have fed numerous bears, both adults and cubs, over the summer and into the winter. One of them, an 263-pound adult male, was killed as a potential threat to public safety on December 19.
The warning issued Saturday did not come with any fine. A second violation, however, could result in a $250 fine and subsequent ones could result in fines of up to $500.
Anyone wishing to report illegal activity can do so anonymously by calling the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-992-3030.