Have you ever seen a “Don’t Feed the Animals!” sign? Well, feeding wild animals, whether on purpose or not, does more harm than good, and sometimes potentially kills them.
It is well known that animals who are raised relying on humans for food, in an unnatural way feel comfortable getting near them, wildlife loses the fear of humans when they regularly being fed by them.
When we say ‘unnatural’, we mean that people should not be feeding wild animals. Laws of nature say; wildlife should be haunting in the wild all by themselves maintaining the ecological balance. But on the flip side, it is ‘natural’ that wildlife would feel comfortable around those who feed them, but can it potentially kill them?
Before we kill beautiful-rare wild animals we might want to check ourselves.
The baby bear knew that on that area he is being fed on a daily basis. As we all do, animals want to get their food as fast as they can, so when members of the public feed them or rather leave leftovers behind, they would use the chance and eat.
This behavior is a common natural and unnatural way of nature. Have you ever seen a ‘don’t feed the fish’ sign? Well, it’s not because officials want fish to starve, they want to educate you and let you know that when humans feed wild animals, they break the ecological balance and some unnatural outcomes derived from that.
Since people used to feed the bear, he got used to getting close to people. Tourists were so excited, they started taking pictures and selfies, they took videos of him and posted them on social media so everyone knew that there’s a baby bear that takes selfies with people.
On June 4th, people contacted local officials and reported them that there’s a black bear threatening people’s safety at Scoggins Valley Park near Hagg Lake.
Some people fed the bear because they had good intentions and wanted to help him and some just wanted to take selfies with him. But the outcome is the same, a baby bear was shot and killed, only for being hungry and eating.
When deputies received calls regarding the black bear that was getting near people, they went there and made him go back to the forest.
A warning was published on social media saying that the public shouldn’t get near that area.
Kurt License and Doug Kitchen are expert biologists who tried to moderate the situation by relocating and trapping him. As he was spotted, they saw him eating cracked corn and sunflower seeds, he didn’t even run away when the officials approached.
License the biologist said that this is a classic case of why they call people to stop feeding bears. He reckons that members of the public have good intentions while they actually should never feed them. He reportedly said that the bear was too habituated, therefore they had to remove it.
Wildlife officials spotted the baby bear at another place and they allowed him to go back to the forest. But bears who don’t feel intimidated by humans can be deadly dangerous to the public that comes near them.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said that the fact that the bear is habituated makes everything complicated. If the bear had not been habituated, they could have relocated him to another suitable place,since it’s not the case they couldn’t allow a dangerous bear come near people.
The saddening situation was hard for everyone involved, Brian van Kleef the deputy of the Washington County Sheiff’s office shares his feelings, saying that they were sad about the way it ended and killing the bear was the last thing they wanted to do. He believes that the human’s good intentions led to his death.
This is not the first case where a black bear had to be put down, officials put down at least three bears that attacked humans and other bears that got in other contacts with members of the public.
Moreover, homeowners have the right to shoot animals that become a nuisance on their property, and so they put down 30 bears in one year only.
So how do we, members of the public, prevent this kind of future saddening situations? It is our responsibility as habitats of the earth to protect wildlife as we are the ones in charge. We should make sure that no one feeds wild animals let alone wildlife that can be dangerous to the public for once they constitute a threat, they must be put down.
Don’t feed the animals, let them maintain the ecological balance.