NC Attraction Will Stop Letting Public Feed Bears

Officials at Grandfather Mountain say they will stop letting tourists feed the bears in its habitats.

Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation executive director Penn Dameron told The Citizen-Times of Asheville for a story Saturday that the attraction will close its Bear Hut on June 1.

Dameron says letting the public feed the bears means some animals are not getting enough to eat while others are getting too much.

Bear habitat manager Christie Tipton says the bears get along better when they are not competing for food.

The policy change will let the public see them behaving more naturally and not begging for food.

Grandfather Mountain began keeping bears in 1968 as part of a wildlife propagation program. Eight bears currently live in the habitat.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 14, 2010 at 08:33 PM
    Because bears don't typically eat human flesh. They are omnivorous anyway, not rampantly carnivorous. The occasional ill and disturbed grizzly or polar *might*, but cases such as Timothy Treadwell's are unusual.
  • by B Location: nc on Mar 14, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    How about get some of the lowlife out of jail and feed them to the bears. Save us some money and the bears will get plenty to eat. A true win win for everybody..
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