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I have to ask, what happens when your friend and his father are no longer able to feed these bears? What happens when these bears come back one year and there is no food for them? What happens when these bears venture into more populated areas looking for food from other humans?
They are being conditioned to have less and less fear of humans. That lack of fear or distrust, will lead these beautiful animals into places and situations that will get them killed.
I'm sorry but these animals do not see this land as "safe" they see it as a place where there is food. You put a pile of food in the middle of a highway in bear country and guess what, bears running out in traffic.
I understand that it is beautiful to interact with nature and to co-exist, but do you think that native Americans or any other more primitive cultures that co-existed with nature, fed the animals?
Sorry to be Mr. Negative but this is not a safe practice for your friends or the animals.
But what happens if the food runs out?
and I also want to ask how often do you guys feed them?
Would it not be a good idea to do it too often? In that the babies may not learn to hunt for their own properly? I wouldnt think it would be beneficial to rely on that area for 'easy pickens'...if you see what Im sayin
Just a concern...not flaming what so ever... great story
Have you any idea how many people have been killed by deer while trying to feed them?
Most bear hunters I've met practice bear baiting. They find a secluded place, and bait the bear for a couple of weeks with food. I "think" it's illegal, but they still do it.
How would You qualify it just being any ole' pile of food when male, female, cub, and various other animals come in at the same time? Don't shoot me, but it really feels like something different.
Modern man is totally destroying the habitat, read some of my earlier posts in this thread for an explanation. The indians, I don't know what they did exactly, but overall they lived in more harmony by not destroying like modern man.
See this is where You, and I part ideology. I believe in Natural Rights. I cannot, nor I will not tell someone else what is safe, or sound for them. My Friends have had several People come out....into the 100's with children, and never a problem. I'm only speculating, but it could very well be the modern World of ideology with the problem. Even if I had no dealings in this, then I still would support, or not denounce it............As in post's before this I mentioned the deliberate interaction Man has with wildlife, and almost all of it in a negative manner.
The bear finds the bait, and then is probably shot. But it does not know where the food came from. It is not making the association that human=free food.
Have you ever seen bears fishing salmon from a stream when they are running? All ages and sexes will co-mingle to an extent because there is a huge, easily available food source. Now watch what happens when the food runs out, you will see the males become much more aggressive.
Harmony would be giving the bears their space and staying out of their way and not harming them. Feeding them is not natural. Is there some other animal that altruistically feeds bears(and not by sacrificing themselves as food)? This practice may seem like a good thing but what they are doing is actually destroying their habitat even more, they are essentially domesticating the bears.
But I assure you, feeding wild animals, IS NOT living in harmony with them. In fact, based on the food chain, the only way feed bears and also be living in harmony with them, is to feed them your own body. You either, eat them, get eaten, or get out of the way. That is the crude harmony of mother nature.
Your very eloquent in Your writing, and make good sense. As You stated Mother Nature can be crude in many ways. Have You thought possibly Nature doesn't mind this with all the other encroachments by Man? Look at all the hair triggers in the natural World. Just one more minute, and all sorts of natural disasters could start happening.........Yellowstone, New Madrid, Tidal Waves, Cumbre Viage, The big one in cali...., etc.
I think Man in general is bucking Mother Nature to the ends of Her rope. I completely see Your viewpoint,and understand it, but at the same time Man in general is acting in an unnatural manner in regard to the surrounding area; which is Mother Nature's own self.
Have You thought possibly Nature doesn't mind this with all the other encroachments by Man? Look at all the hair triggers in the natural World. Just one more minute, and all sorts of natural disasters could start happening.........Yellowstone, New Madrid, Tidal Waves, Cumbre Viage, The big one in cali...., etc.
We will have to agree to disagree on this subject and thats fine. I enjoy this discussion and I hope for no hard feelings. I think we probably agree on many other things. Regards