BECOMING UNBEARABLE: Curious creatures often a nuisance

“A FED bear is a dead bear.”

That’s an adage from the state Department of Environmental Conservation regarding New York’s black bear population, which the agency says can become a nuisance if the animals learn to associate humans with food. If a bear becomes too much of a nuisance and cannot be deterred through “aversive conditioning,” the state may have no choice but to permanently remove the bear from the population.

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