Man charged with intentionally feeding bearsThe associated press | July 16,2014MONTGOMERY ó A Vermont man has been charged by the state Fish and Wildlife Department with intentionally feeding bears.
Jeffrey Messier, of Montgomery, was charged after a game warden received a report of a bear being killed in self-defense at a neighborís last month. The bear had many sunflower seeds in its stomach.
The warden went to the 54-year-old Messierís home and found a bear walking around the property. The bear wasnít afraid and walked right up to the warden, then approached a picnic table where sunflower seeds were placed.
Bear biologist Forrest Hammond says a bear thatís been fed by humans soon loses its shyness and can become dangerous.
If convicted, Messier could face a fine of up to $1,000 and a one-year revocation of his hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.MORE IN Vermont News
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