Feeding bears is illegal

The nuisance-bear article “A joy or a danger?” by Shaun Kittle [November/December 2012] does a good job of highlighting both the problem and the sadness of nuisance-bear situations.

This is one issue where everyone agrees the problem with nuisance bears is when people feed bears. With this in mind I was unhappy to not have the solution mentioned in the article. Even if Bernadette Morrissey, the woman mentioned in the article, was not arrested and charged with feeding bears, I think it is important to mention that feeding bears is illegal in New York State.

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Scott Murphy, Ohio, NY

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