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Man Pleads Guilty to Feeding Bears

Bears got 50 lbs. of dog food each day

A Juneau man will pay $4,000 and complete 80 hours of community service with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after pleading guilty to feeding black bears for years at his home north of the city. Authorites say Arnold W. Hanger, who was cited in July, had been feeding 10 to 15 bears 50 pounds of dog food each day, alarming neighbors, many of whom have small children. Hanger's story has invited comparisons that of Timothy Treadwell, the subject of Werner Herzog's documentary Grizzly Man, and whose death Outside covered in 2004 after he was mauled by a grizzly bear in Alaska. Hanger's conviction is the latest in a recent string of bear feeding incidents. Wildlife officials worry that bear feeing habituates to animals to humans. This summer in British Columbia, a numbers of bears were euthanized after authorities discovered that the owner of an illegal marijuana farm had fed the bears and used them to guard the property.

Read more at Alaska Dispatch

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