“Don’t feed the bears” is pretty much a given, but bears have a way of feeding themselves with human foodstuff, especially trash. A bear sighting at a cottage-country dump is a common occurrence, and every cottager knows (or should know) that if you leave food or any kind of garbage around, a bear will find it.
Now, a new study on wild black bears in Colorado suggests that plugging holes in their menu with human “food subsidies” could be shortening their lifespans. If the findings can be extended to other black bear populations, we may have one more reason to try to keep them on a natural diet of things like berries and grubs. The findings are also a reminder of the negative impact that human encroachment can have on natural spaces... Read More