$1,000 fine for feeding bears in Washington

OLYMPIA — Don’t feed the bears.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife says a new law that took effect in June prohibits intentionally feeding bears and other wild carnivores or leaving out food or garbage that attracts them.

Violators could be fined up to $1,000.

The agency said people should secure garbage cans in areas where bears have been reported. People also should remove bird feeders and keep pet food inside.

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