Two Black Bears In Dare Co. Too Accustomed To Humans

Two black bears living in coastal Dare County have become so accustomed to being fed by humans that they respond to the sound of a potato chip bag being crinkled.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported that officials say the bears go on the highways that cross the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge to eat food that's either litter or intentionally thrown at them.

Refuge biologist Dennis Stewart says the crinkle of a potato chip bag will get the attention of both bears, one of which hangs out off U.S. 264 near Stumpy Point and the other off U.S. 64 near East Lake.

Officials say black bears are generally shy and feeding them
probably dooms them by modifying their behavior.

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