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Bonner Co Leads In Bear Complaints

Bonner County has a bear problem—or is it really a people problem? Last year, Bonner County had a record number of bear complaints—770 complaints, in fact. That's a whopping 740 more complaints than in any other county in Idaho. All those negative human-bear interactions amount to a lot of danger—for people and bears alike. The Upper Panhandle is bear country: We've got lots of black bears and two threatened populations of grizzly bears in the Cabinet and the Selkirk mountains. But when folks unintentionally or intentionally attract bears with bird feeders or dog food or even doughnuts, they're not helping them to survive. Instead, they may be sealing their fate/Susan Drumheller, Idaho Conservation League. More here. (Photo: Idaho Department of Fish & Game)

Question: Do you know people who shouldn't be feeding wildlife?

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