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New rule puts bite on people who feed bears

 WILDLIFE LAWS — Feeding black bears has always been a bad idea, but starting this year, it's also against the law in Washington.

Two new state laws went into effect in June that prohibit – intentionally or otherwise – leaving food or food waste in places where it can attract bears and other wild carnivores.

“This is the time of year when bears are looking to build up as much fat as possible to get through winter,” said Mike Cenci, deputy Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police chief. “Putting food scraps out for them or leaving garbage cans or pet food exposed is an open invitation for them to pay you and your neighbors a visit.”

It's also an invitation for Fish and Wildlife police officers to visit and give you a ticket.

Read on for more details from the WDFW.