Black Bear Killed After Residents Leave Out Food to Take Videos of It

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Human interaction with wildlife is increasingly becoming a problem, with people wanting to interact, feed, and even touch wild animals all for the sake of their own gratification and, more often than not, for social media.

In usual cases, wild animals keep their distance from humans and heavily human-populated areas for the obvious reason that they are animals that do not want to be touched or bothered. They want to go about doing their own thing, as their instincts tell them to.

But some people just can’t resist interrupting a wild animal. The more human interaction that an animal experiences, the more reliant that animal will become on our species. A black bear recently fell victim to this bothering, and the consequences are heartbreaking.

The Black Bear is native to North America and is one of the continent’s smallest and most widely distributed species of bear.

Scoggins Valley Park in Oregon is a popular home to black bears and many reside in large and secluded areas such as these.

Despite their size and their rather intimidating claws and teeth, bears are generally shy and gentle animals. They tend to avoid human interaction as much as possible, but with them being animals that have to search for their food, they will be easily bribed with any kind of food that a human may have to hand.

So bears only look like this

… When one of us human beings is stupid enough to invade their territory and get way too close to their personal space. Experts say that bears have something called a “critical space.” This is an area around them that they may try to defend; when something enters this space, the bear is forced to act – to either run away or become aggressive.

For instance, grizzly bears often reside in habitats far away from heavily populated areas that don’t bring a lot of human interaction, such as heavily wooded forests or lakesides. Black bears, on the other hand, are much more tolerable to human interaction and aren’t as aggressive towards our species in the way that grizzlies are.

A black bear’s tolerance towards human beings certainly doesn’t mean that we can bombard their space and interrupt their daily instinctive activities by feeding them whenever we feel like it.

People may often think that they’re doing the right thing by leaving out food for a baby black bear that appears to be by itself. They will pity the “cute baby bear” and feel justified in leaving junk food on the side of the road for it to eat… this should not be the case at all.

Due to its gentle temperament, members of the public began leaving out food for the bear to eat.

And is, in fact, thought of as something of a death sentence for any wild bear.

Black bears can quickly become reliant on these scraps and unable to fend for themselves.

“Huckleberry, our journey together began on July 2. You were eating scraps from an organics cart – the enclosure had been left open.”

“The next time we met, you were at the roadside eating berries.”  

“As you walked away, you left a bright pink scat full of huckleberries! We were so proud of you for eating natural foods, despite all the tempting treats residents had left available to you. From that moment, we named you Huckleberry!”

“Residents told us you passed through their property, but you were easily moved on. You were such an easy-going, calm bear. The perfect Deep Cove resident.”

“People admitted they allowed you to do that for a video and they neglected to move you on…a death sentence. If only people had used a firm voice with you, you would have listened. Or respected you enough to not have any garbage or food scraps accessible in the first place. We did you a disservice, Huckleberry.”

“We headed out to make sure you were not being crowded or chased by dogs. By the time we reached you, you were being followed by residents who wanted a video of you eating organics from an unlocked cart.”

“When you finished eating, you calmly walked by and left our gaze. That was the last time we saw you.”

“You were willing to coexist, but people were not.”

…”we are deeply sorry that we couldn’t save you.”

RIP to Huckleberry! Want another black bear story? Scroll on…