Bear researchers across America have found that such bears are no more likely to attack, and may be less likely to attack, than other bears.
Bears held captive by animal trainers, in zoos or kept as pets have been responsible for several attacks. Anyway there have also been unusual cases in which a person entered a bear’s cage and was then mauled.
Nearly everyone has heard the timeless warning, “Do not feed the bears!” You may be wondering, “What’s the big deal?” Well, it is a big deal, and we want to let you in on the three big reasons you should not feed bears.
A story about one of those bears is posted here in the Bear Center in “Bears in the News.” See “Ed Orazem: the man who feeds bears” in the Ely Echo, August 26, 1985.At the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary near Orr, MN, people have hand-fed and petted hundreds of wild black bears for decades. Until the mid-1990’s, the public was free to mingle with the wild bears without rules or supervision. People teased bears with food for pictures. Toddlers steadied themselves against 500-pound bears.
Fatal bear attacks in North America have occurred in a variety of settings. There have been several in the bears’ wilderness habitats involving hikers, hunters, and campers. Brown bear incidents have occurred in their native range spanning Alaska, Northern and Western Canada, and portions of the Rocky Mountains in the United States
Black bears hunt for and eat many kinds of wild berries, honey, nuts, and a variety of plants.
Eighty-five percent of a bear’s diet is vegetation. The remaining fifteen percent of their food intake consists of fish, bees, insects, and other small animals.
They are great foragers, and all the food they need to survive is found in abundance in the park.
However, a bear enjoys the mouthwatering taste of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings as much as humans do.