Mich. bill lets public get photos with bear cubs

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Michigan Senate is poised to approve a bill that would let the public touch and get photos with bear cubs in the state.

In December, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed similar legislation because it also would have allowed more facilities to acquire and keep large carnivores. But he said he supported a provision pertaining to bear cubs.

An Upper Peninsula bear ranch had to stop letting visitors pose for photos while feeding black bear cubs last year after being told it was illegal.

If signed by Snyder, the public could handle bear cubs at 36 weeks old and weighing under 90 pounds. The Humane Society of the United States has opposed the bear bill.

The bill is set for a vote Thursday in the Senate.

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