Ottawa Sportsmen's Club News
June 7, 2003
Carole Williams, Club Reporter
Don't Feed the Bears Act of 2003
108th CONGRESS, 1st Session
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 27, 2003
Mr. GALLEGLY, Elton [CA-24] (for himself and Mr. MORAN of Virginia) introduced the following bill;
which was referred to the Committee on Resources
To require the adoption and enforcement of regulations to prohibit the intentional feeding
of bears on Federal public lands in order to end the hunting practice known as `bear baiting'
and reduce the number of dangerous interactions between people and bears.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Don't Feed the Bears Act of 2003'.
SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON FEEDING BEARS ON FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDS.
- FINDINGS- Congress finds the following:
- Federal land management agencies, including the Forest Service, National Park Service, United States
Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management, publish and distribute materials to the public
discouraging any feeding of black bears.
- Even though Federal land managers are in agreement that private citizens should not provide food to bears,
several Federal land management agencies do not prohibit licensed hunters from setting out food as bait for
bears on Federal lands in States where baiting is permitted by State law.
- A typical bait station consists of hundreds of pounds of human-scented foods, often including parts of
animal carcasses, pastries, fruits, and grease, that are simply piled on the forest floor or dumped in large drums.
- The foods used in a bait station are no different than the human-scented foods that a bear might find in
a garbage can, dump, or campground, and after the bear hunting season ends, bait stations are often not removed.
- The presence of bait stations on Federal lands allows bears to increase their food intake and results in
higher birth rates, increasing bear populations.
- Wildlife scientists agree that black bears are naturally wary of people, but that feeding bears human-scented
foods can cause bears to lose their wariness and become emboldened in approaching people and property in search
- Human-fed bears cause millions of dollars in property damage every year.
- Bears habituated to human food can pose a safety threat, occasionally resulting in attacks on human beings.
- Bears that come into conflict with people are often labeled as nuisance animals, and are often killed as a
means of protecting people and property.
- When the National Park Service adopted policies to ban bear feeding and to end the practice of keeping garbage
in open-air dumps, units of the National Park System experienced a dramatic decline in bear-human encounters.
- A majority of the States that allow bear hunting ban baiting, and black bears can be hunted successfully
by means other than baiting.
- It is inconsistent for Federal land management agencies to demand that visitors to the Federal lands not
feed bears, but to allow this practice by bear baiters.
- The United States already prohibits baiting of migratory birds.
- ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING NPS REGULATION- The Secretary of the Interior shall enforce the regulatory
prohibition, contained in section 2.2(a)(2) of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, against the feeding
of wildlife on National Park System lands to prohibit individuals from intentionally feeding bears for the
purpose of enticing bears to a particular area to be hunted, a practice known as `bear baiting'.
- ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING FWS REGULATION- The Secretary of the Interior shall enforce the regulatory
prohibition, contained in section 32.2(h) of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, against bear baiting
and the baiting of other wildlife on wildlife refuge areas.
- ADOPTION OF REGULATIONS FOR OTHER PUBLIC LANDS-
- REGULATION REQUIRED- The Secretary of the Interior, with respect to lands administered by the Bureau
of Land Management, and the Secretary of Agriculture, with respect to National Forest System lands, shall
each adopt and enforce a regulation to prohibit individuals from intentionally feeding bears, including
feeding for the purpose of enticing bears to a particular area to be hunted, a practice known as `bear baiting'.
- DEADLINE FOR ADOPTION- The regulations required by this subsection shall be issued in final form not
later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Latest Major Action: 3/31/2003 House committee/subcommittee actions.
Status: Executive Comment Requested from USDA, Interior.
- Rep Moran, James P. - 3/27/2003 [VA-8]
- Rep Ackerman, Gary L. - 3/31/2003 [NY-5]
- Rep Doyle, Michael F. - 4/2/2003 [PA-14]
- Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. - 4/3/2003 [MD-6]
- Rep Smith, Christopher H. - 4/3/2003 [NJ-4]
- Rep Berman, Howard L. - 4/8/2003 [CA-28]
- Rep Levin, Sander M. - 4/8/2003 [MI-12]
- Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. - 4/8/2003 [OH-12]
- Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. - 4/8/2003 [CT-3]
- Rep Miller, George - 4/8/2003 [CA-7]
- Rep Inslee, Jay - 4/8/2003 [WA-1]
- Rep Lee, Barbara - 4/8/2003 [CA-9]
- Rep Dicks, Norman D. - 4/8/2003 [WA-6]
- Rep Baca, Joe - 4/8/2003 [CA-43]
- Rep Shays, Christopher - 4/9/2003 [CT-4]
- Rep McGovern, James P. - 4/11/2003 [MA-3]
- Rep Capps, Lois - 4/11/2003 [CA-23]
- Rep Costello, Jerry F. - 4/11/2003 [IL-12]
- Rep Frank, Barney - 4/29/2003 [MA-4]
- Rep McDermott, Jim - 4/29/2003 [WA-7]
- Rep LaTourette, Steve C. - 4/29/2003 [OH-14]
- Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. - 4/29/2003 [NY-22]
- Rep Farr, Sam - 4/29/2003 [CA-17]
- Rep Delahunt, William D. - 4/29/2003 [MA-10]
- Rep Waxman, Henry A. - 4/29/2003 [CA-30]
- Rep Grijalva, Raul M. - 4/29/2003 [AZ-7]
- Rep Olver, John W. - 4/29/2003 [MA-1]
- Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana - 4/30/2003 [FL-18]
- Rep McNulty, Michael R. - 4/30/2003 [NY-21]
- Rep Udall, Mark - 4/30/2003 [CO-2]
- Rep Whitfield, Ed - 4/30/2003 [KY-1]
- Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. - 5/1/2003 [NJ-6]
- Rep Christensen, Donna M. - 5/1/2003 [VI]
- Rep Markey, Edward J. - 5/1/2003 [MA-7]
- Rep Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. - 5/1/2003 [AS]
- Rep Kolbe, Jim - 5/1/2003 [AZ-8]
- Rep Weller, Jerry - 5/6/2003 [IL-11]
- Rep Blumenauer, Earl - 5/6/2003 [OR-3]
- Rep Hefley, Joel - 5/6/2003 [CO-5]
- Rep Price, David E. - 5/6/2003 [NC-4]
- Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. - 5/6/2003 [IL-9]
- Rep Ferguson, Mike - 5/6/2003 [NJ-7]
- Rep Isakson, Johnny - 5/6/2003 [GA-6]
- Rep Leach, James A. - 5/6/2003 [IA-2]
- Rep Linder, John - 5/6/2003 [GA-7]
- Rep Neal, Richard E. - 5/6/2003 [MA-2]
- Rep Sherman, Brad - 5/6/2003 [CA-27]
- Rep Simmons, Rob - 5/7/2003 [CT-2]
- Rep Bereuter, Doug - 5/7/2003 [NE-1]
- Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. - 5/7/2003 [NC-3]
- Rep Bilirakis, Michael - 5/7/2003 [FL-9]
- Rep Kleczka, Gerald D. - 5/9/2003 [WI-4]
- Rep Weldon, Curt - 5/9/2003 [PA-7]
- Rep LaHood, Ray - 5/9/2003 [IL-18]
- Rep Lofgren, Zoe - 5/9/2003 [CA-16]
- Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. - 5/14/2003 [GU]
- Rep Johnson, Nancy L. - 5/14/2003 [CT-5]
- Rep Diaz-Balart, Lincoln - 5/14/2003 [FL-21]
- Rep Souder, Mark E. - 5/14/2003 [IN-3]
- Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. - 5/14/2003 [TN-2]
- Rep Wolf, Frank R. - 5/14/2003 [VA-10]
- Rep Abercrombie, Neil - 5/15/2003 [HI-1]
- Rep Wamp, Zach - 5/19/2003 [TN-3]
- Rep Menendez, Robert - 5/19/2003 [NJ-13]
- Rep English, Phil - 5/19/2003 [PA-3]
- Rep Tancredo, Thomas G. - 5/20/2003 [CO-6]
- Rep Hooley, Darlene - 5/20/2003 [OR-5]
- Rep Rangel, Charles B. - 5/20/2003 [NY-15]
- Rep Rothman, Steve R. - 5/21/2003 [NJ-9]
- Rep Peterson, John E. - 5/22/2003 [PA-5]
- Rep Deutsch, Peter - 5/22/2003 [FL-20]
- Rep Baldwin, Tammy - 5/22/2003 [WI-2]
- Rep DeFazio, Peter A. - 6/2/2003 [OR-4]
- Rep Nunes, Devin - 6/2/2003 [CA-21]
- Rep Wu, David - 6/2/2003 [OR-1]
- Rep Lowey, Nita M. - 6/2/2003 [NY-18]
- Rep Brown, Sherrod - 6/2/2003 [OH-13]
- Rep Larson, John B. - 6/2/2003 [CT-1]
- Rep Chabot, Steve - 6/2/2003 [OH-1]
- Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. - 6/4/2003 [CA-6]
- Rep Baird, Brian - 6/4/2003 [WA-3]
- Rep Wynn, Albert Russell - 6/4/2003 [MD-4]
- Rep Capuano, Michael E. - 6/4/2003 [MA-8]
- Rep Acevedo-Vila, Anibal - 6/4/2003 [PR]
- Rep Ortiz, Solomon P. - 6/4/2003 [TX-27]
- Rep McKeon, Howard P. (Buck) - 6/5/2003 [CA-25]
- Rep Engel, Eliot L. - 6/11/2003 [NY-17]
- Rep Pryce, Deborah - 6/11/2003 [OH-15]
- Rep Wexler, Robert - 6/11/2003 [FL-19]
- Rep Lynch, Stephen F. - 6/11/2003 [MA-9]
- Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. - 6/11/2003 [MI-13]
- Rep Burns, Max - 6/11/2003 [GA-12]
- Rep Schiff, Adam B. - 6/11/2003 [CA-29]
- Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. - 6/11/2003 [IL-4]
- Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila - 6/11/2003 [TX-18]
- Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes - 6/11/2003 [DC]
- Rep Bono, Mary - 6/11/2003 [CA-45]
- Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice - 6/11/2003 [TX-30]
- Rep Hastings, Alcee L. - 6/11/2003 [FL-23]
- Rep Carson, Julia - 6/11/2003 [IN-7]
- Rep Owens, Major R. - 6/11/2003 [NY-11]
- Rep McCollum, Betty - 6/11/2003 [MN-4]
- Rep McCarthy, Karen - 6/11/2003 [MO-5]
- Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. - 6/11/2003 [NY-12]
- Rep Cummings, Elijah E. - 6/11/2003 [MD-7]
- Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. - 6/11/2003 [NY-14]
- Rep Cardin, Benjamin L. - 6/11/2003 [MD-3]
- Rep Van Hollen, Chris - 6/11/2003 [MD-8]
- Rep Solis, Hilda L. - 6/11/2003 [CA-32]
- Rep Rodriguez, Ciro - 6/11/2003 [TX-28]
- Rep Dooley, Calvin M. - 6/11/2003 [CA-20]
- Rep Hinojosa, Ruben - 6/11/2003 [TX-15]
- Rep Payne, Donald M. - 6/11/2003 [NJ-10]
- Rep Watt, Melvin L. - 6/11/2003 [NC-12]
- Rep Jefferson, William J. - 6/11/2003 [LA-2]
- Rep Brown, Corrine - 6/11/2003 [FL-3]
- Rep Sanchez, Linda T. - 6/11/2003 [CA-39]
- Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. - 6/11/2003 [TX-20]
- Rep Bishop, Timothy H. - 6/11/2003 [NY-1]
- Rep Bell, Chris - 6/11/2003 [TX-25]
- Rep Fattah, Chaka - 6/11/2003 [PA-2]
- Rep Millender-McDonald, Juanita - 6/11/2003 [CA-37]
- Rep Matsui, Robert T. - 6/11/2003 [CA-5]