Dayton man tames black bears

Laramie, Wyo. – The Game and Fish Department's Joe Gilbert says he doesn't want to name the man, because they want to maintain a relationship with him.

There's no law against feeding bears, so the best they can do is try to talk him out of it.

Gilbert says the man has fed up to six black bears over the last two years.

"Two of these bears he has tamed down so much that he can actually pet them and hand-feed them," Gilbert says.

Gilbert says his department has gotten increased complaints of black bears approaching people at nearby campgrounds and scratching open campers and coolers.

Game and Fish has not euthanized any of the bears yet, but Gilbert says that's often the only solution to a bear that has gotten too comfortable around people.