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Statewide bans feeding black bears

ALBANY - Responding to the growing number of conflicts between bears and people across New York State, the Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a new state regulation that prohibits the feeding of black bears.

Specifically, the regulation bans intentional feeding of black bears, and, after previous written notice from DEC, also prohibits incidental or indirect feeding of black bears through food attractions such as garbage, refuse or bird seed. The regulation grants DEC the authority to require removal of these and other food attractions when bears become problematic.

DEC generally encourages discontinuing bird feeding activity in the spring when bears emerge from their dens and natural foods for bears are not abundant and natural food for birds are becoming more available.

More information can be found on the DEC Web site at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6960.html.

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