Bill Would Allow Public To Touch Bear Cubs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Michigan Senate has approved a bill that would let the public touch and get photos with bear cubs in the state.
In December, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation because it also would have allowed more facilities to acquire and keep large carnivores. But he said he supported a provision pertaining to bear cubs.
An Upper Peninsula bear ranch had to stop letting visitors pose for photos while feeding black bear cubs last year after being told it was illegal.
The bill would let the public handle bear cubs at 36 weeks old and weighing under 90 pounds.
The Senate passed the measure on a 26-9 vote Thursday, with Democrats in opposition. The House will next consider the bill.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM
    Detroit is bankrupt, the State wants to raise our gas taxes and other fees...and the legislature is voting on petting bear cubs??!!
  • by Lori Location: Lansing on Feb 19, 2013 at 09:04 AM
    Steven, for some reason, this issue has been voted on pretty much straight down party lines with Republicans in favor of the Bill and Democrats against. It now goes on to the House Committee on Agriculture. So bombard this Committee with calls. If it passes Committee (which it probably will), then the next thing to do is to call your personal State Representative.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2013 at 07:15 AM
    Do we not have more pressing issues in his State?
  • by Anonymous Location: DeWitt on Feb 15, 2013 at 05:45 AM
    Touching Bears? You have got to be joking. This is what our Senate is doing. Really? Really? This is what we are paying our senate to do. What a waste of our tax payer's money.
  • by Steven Burkhardt Location: Caledonia on Feb 14, 2013 at 03:49 PM
    Which Senators voted against it?
  • by Anoynmous Location: Lansing on Feb 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM
    Dumb Dumb Dumb idea. Come on people it's a wild animal. Just wait till a child gets bitten and then they destroy the bear. When are people going to learn?
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