NY Bans Feeding Of Bears In State

New York DEC, Bear Hunting Magazine

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a new state regulation that prohibits the feeding of black bears in response to the large number of conflicts between bears and people across the state.

As black bear numbers have increased significantly in recent years and bears have become more widespread throughout New York, the amount of interactions between bears and people have grown, resulting in part from the intentional or incidental feeding of bears.

Previously, the DEC prohibited the intentional feeding of bears in proximity to certain locations. In an effort to reduce bear habituation to human-supplied foods and future human-bear conflicts, the new regulation prohibits both incidental and intentional feeding of bears statewide.

Specifically, the regulation bans intentional feeding of bears and also prohibits incidental or indirect feeding through food attractants such as garbage, refuse or bird seed. The regulation grants the DEC the authority to require removal of these and other food attractants when bears become problematic, such as discontinuing bird feeding activities in the spring when bears emerge from their dens and their natural foods are not as abundant, but natural food for birds are becoming more available.

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