Bears are a whole different matter. Connecticut has an estimated 800 bears in their woodlands and the state is 8% the size of Missouri which has an estimated 300 bears. Add in the fact that the Connecticut human population density is over 8 times greater than Missouri.* That's a lot of bears and humans crowded together in a tight space.
The ban of feeding bears in Connecticut is controversial while feeding them is illegal in the 8 other northeastern states. There is even more resistance to the idea of a hunting season. Animal rights activists argue that human behavior is almost always responsible for potentially dangerous bear confrontations.
|Karen Noyes feeding bear - Oregonlive.com|
In North Carolina, Kay Grayson, called the "Bear Lady," was famous for feeding bears at her remote home for 25 years. She was found in 2015, eaten by bears although whether she died first and was found by them is unknown. That almost seems beside the point. Feeding bears in the wild puts everyone who is nearby at risk. Whether deliberate or accidental by training them to find dog food or garbage, we are responsible for the results and the bear is likely to pay the consequences.
|Bear area (green) and USFS lands|
* Connecticut Population - 743/square mile, Missouri - 88/sq.mi. Wikipedia