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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  • by Wilber Fisk Location: Indiana on Aug 20, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    Hey peanutbutter bear feeder, hope you meet one of these 'conditioned' bears when it's had a bad day. People like you are nuts, and not just abour peanut butter!
  • by wanna know why? Location: washington on Jun 30, 2009 at 08:29 PM
    Animal lover, don't get so upset at Bearhunter in Plymouth. He wasn't actually concerned for the bears' protein intake as much as he was getting the bear to stand still for that 'money shot...' "feeding bears peanut butter for their coat's sake, a favor," indeed...LOL!! The group of 'outlaw' hunters I know call that 'baiting.' They know all too well~ What did the wildlife biologist say about honey buns & the bears' physiology, BearHunter? ;)
  • by bear dude Location: DownEast on Jun 29, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    It is not just people feeding bears. I suspect it is also litter left behind. As bears forage through trash they learn to like the taste, and sound, of potato chip bags. DON"T LITTER!
  • by animal lover on Jun 29, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    oh please, people. Feeding bears to provide "protein". Hey how long have bears been on the planet? They have survived for a very long time without the help of humans. LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE! you are asking for trouble!
  • by J Location: Gville on Jun 29, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    I just dont want to hear about someone wanting to kill these bears now because of the ignorant humans (who deserve the same) that have been feeding them.
  • by BoBo Location: Jellystone on Jun 29, 2009 at 04:43 AM
    Hey Yogi where are the picnic baskets?
  • by bearhunter Location: plymouth on Jun 29, 2009 at 04:38 AM
    This is just another way that the state and government are trying to regulate and control us. For years we fed bears with peanut butter, and they had healthier cubs and better coats on them. As a matter of fact , I know one wildlife biologist that told us in a meeting one day that we were doing them a favor , because it gave them protien and that they seemed to be healtier and that their cubs were healthier than he had seemed them in a long time. this is just another way to justify someones job, But i guess even in todays time they need a job too.Today they target bears , tommorrow it will be something else.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Jun 28, 2009 at 11:34 PM
    Lays.... you can't eat just one!
  • by wanna know why? Location: washington on Jun 28, 2009 at 08:56 PM
    This is because the lady with "bear refuge" down there feeds them day old bread and honey buns. I bet there are more than one or two down there that will respond to a food wrapper. I know several hunters in the area who have had troubles hunting down there because this lady was running them off back around 2002 or so. Yes, she has ruined many bears' natural preservation instincts by feeding them.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 28, 2009 at 08:54 PM
    I have genuine tater chip bag bear calls for sale just in time for bear season.$19.95 a peice, or 2 for $29.95.
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