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Wildlife managers cite new laws when they say ‘don’t feed bears’


As black bears make their usual fall showing in neighborhoods around the state, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is reminding residents that feeding those animals is not only a bad idea, it’s also against the law.

Two new state laws went into effect in June that prohibit - intentionally or otherwise - leaving food or food waste in places where it can attract bears and other wild carnivores.

“This is the time of year when bears are looking to build up as much fat as possible to get through winter,” said Mike Cenci, deputy WDFW police chief. “Putting food scraps out for them or leaving garbage cans or pet food exposed is an open invitation for them to pay you an...

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