Here’s another article discussing the growing problem of bears being attracted to chickens and chicken feed . . .
For years now, bear managers have been preaching the same sermon — residents in bear country need to secure their garbage, take in their bird feeders each spring, clean up fruit trees in the fall and feed their pets indoors.
But now there’s a growing new problem — chickens.
“Chickens are the new garbage,” Chris Servheen, grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said last week during a meeting of bear managers from across the state.
More and more people are now raising chickens as the move to small agricultural operations in both rural areas and in towns continues to grow.