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Man Feeds a Bear From His Own Mouth

by Halle Ames
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Everything you are not supposed to do when you encounter a wild animal was done when these two men came across a small black bear. 

Two men were camping when a young black bear wandered into their area. Instead of giving the creature space, they did the opposite. The men started to feed it cookies and, on a few occasions, fed the bear out of their mouths. 


The man in the Superhero shirt, Dakota Datz, posted the videos to his Instagram account over the last few days for his 110 followers. He also posted a selfie with the wild animal on August 15, saying, “Love me my bears”. 


It is unclear where the videos take place. 

On Twitter, however, many users were criticizing Datz and his friend for their behavior.


There are a number of reasons you do not want to feed a wild bear. Here are a few:

If you feed a bear, it will start to associate humans with food. This also makes bears lose their instinctive fear for humans. If this is the case, wildlife officials usually have to euthanize the animal.

Bears that eat human food do not live as long as ones that stick to their natural diet of berries and fish. 

As a general rule of thumb: just imagine you are the poor sap that forgot to pack donuts on the next hike when you come across a hungry bear.

Also on a serious note, in places like the Great Smoky Mountains, feeding wild animals is prohibited. If caught breaking this rule, park rangers may issue a citation with penalties up to $5,000 and six months in jail.