Michigan Considering Banning Chocolate as Bait
In 2010 Michigan documented a case of a black bear cub dying from chocolate poisoning presumably obtained from bait stations. Because of the potential hazard to bears, the DNR is considering banning the use of chocolate in bear bait entirely. However, according to Mlive.com, the possible ban is meeting resistance from some hunting groups in the Great Lakes State.
Phil Hewitt, president of the Michigan Bear Hunters Association, said his group believes more research is necessary before a complete, statewide ban is imposed. The MBHA will work this year to educate bear hunters about the toxicity of chocolate to all wildlife — especially the more potent baker’s and semi-sweet varieties, he said. “There is no justification for putting something out that will kill bear,” Hewitt said. “But it’s not a chocolate doughnut that’s doing it … it’s the bitter sweet, it’s baker’s chocolate.”