Oregon Woman Loses Case to Feed Bears
Tragedy struck Karen Noyes who lived in Yachats, Oregon. One year her husband passed away, the next her daughter. She was lonely, and started feeding the wildlife. At first it was birds, squirrels and other small animals that lived in the area. Then one day a bear started feeding out of the tray, which began the feeding of bears.
Neighbors did not like this, especially the one who had a bear come into her house, and even worse was the farmer who lost a flock of turkeys after a bear tore open his barn. In a four week period four bears were put down as they were considered threats to humans in the area.
She was convicted of chasing and harassing wildlife in 2009. Noyes went to court, and was told to vacate her Yachats house and stay at least seven miles away from it for three years. The Oregon Supreme Court recently turned down her request for a review. Noyes says she will never live in Oregon again and is currently living in California.
Noyes found feeding the bears educational. She said the bears were a lot different than what she believed. She now says she will not feed the wildlife and doesn't think others should either as it is harmful for the wildlife. From Chron.com.