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DON’T FEED THE BEARS
Food Chain Radio Show #913
March 30, 2013 • Sat 9AM Pacific
Michael Olson hosts Kevin Sanders, Yellowstone Outdoor Adventures
Should civilized people feed wild life?
“Dad! Why does the sign say, ‘Don’t feed the bears!”
“Because, son, Yellowstone Park does not want us to feed bears.”
“But Dad, the bears are hungry, and we have extra food. It doesn’t seem fair!”
Living in rural Yachats, Oregon, Karen Noyes did not have to abide by the rules of Yellowstone Park, and liked feeding the wild bears, and so fed them. And when she did, more bears came to be fed. Soon Karen Noyes had a yard full of bears to be fed, with more coming all the time.
It did not take long before things got out of Karen Noyes’ hands. One of her bear friends stormed a neighbor’s turkey farm and killed 60 of its resident turkeys. Another bear friend took a liking to the neighbor lady and got stuck trying to sneak in through the lady’s dog door for visit. And so on …
Consequent to all the bearishness going on in the neighborhood, poor Karen Noyes was arrested and convicted for “Harassing Wildlife.” She was then sentenced to three years of probation, which included an order not to go near her rural home.
Yellowstone Park has a long and storied history of wild bears and civilized people. When civilized people see the wild bears’ pleading looks of “feed me, feed me,” they often want to feed the wild bears. When they do, the wild bears often undergo a personality change, and the pleading looks become demanding looks that say, “FEED ME! FEED ME!”