Incline Village, NV-- The Nevada Department of Wildlife recently released photographs of someone's yard that shows they are feeding wild black bears. Chris Healy, spokesperson for the Nevada Department of Wildlife said, " People who are feeding those bears are selfish and they shouldn't be doing it. They're actions are actually leading to the deaths of bears."
It is illegal to feed bears in Nevada. A first offense will result in a written warning from Wildlife officials. A second offense carries a fine of up to $250 while a third offense can bring a fine of $500. Healy said whoever is responsible for feeding the bears in the photos would soon receive a written warning. Their name would also be made public.
Healy said, "We had to euthanize a 263 pound male bear last week and we're going to point the finger right back at the people who are feeding the bears and tell them, 'you're the people who put that bear in danger, that led to it being euthanized."
2013 has been a very active year for nusiance bears. Healy said that feeding bears creates nusiance bears because they become dependent on humans for food. The recently euthanized bear was reportedly breaking into cars and homes seeking human food. Normally black bears are hibernating this time of year but Healy said they are not doing so because of the human food available.
Healy also said NDOW believes whoever is feeding the bears is also threatening neighbors who want nusiance bears removed. He said, "It's time for people to mature and quit bullying and intimidating people who week help because we all need these bears to remain willd." He added, "We don't need to domesticate them for our own pleasure."