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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 5:00:00 AM
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Officials May Ban Chocolate Bait after Bear Overdose

New Hampshire wildlife officials are considering proposing a ban on chocolate as bear bait after four black bears were found dead last September near a trapping site where nearly 100 pounds (45 kg) of chocolate and doughnuts were left as bait. An autopsy revealed that the bears overdosed on theobromine, a naturally occurring toxic ingredient found in chocolate. Bears are especially drawn to sweets when building up their fat stores for hibernation. The proposal may call for an outright ban on chocolate as bait, or it may recommend a limit on its use. More...
AnjanaDutt
Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 3:45:39 AM
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Can it apply to human beings and is this substance found in other foods?
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 7:25:23 AM

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New Hampshire you say? 45kg of chocolate & doughnuts left as bait? I'll fight off bears for that much chocolate!
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Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 8:50:36 AM

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AnjanaDutt wrote:
Can it apply to human beings and is this substance found in other foods?


Yes this can also apply to humans. The substance is called theobromine and can be toxic to humans in large quantities. Theobromine can also be found in kola nuts, guarana berries and tea leaves.
House pets (dogs, cats, birds) are very susceptible to chocolate and should never be given any amount.
This may sound scary but chocolate is enjoyed by millions of people around the world and like most things, moderation is the key. Have a wonderful day :-)
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stupid, give them honey
Omar Mariani
Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 11:29:28 AM

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Just another clear example of man making a mess of things!!! How sad!!!
blufire78
Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:27:10 PM

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I wonder what it is that chocolate and other sweets are not good for animals. I mean, yeah, they aren't the most healthy for humans too, but why do animals get sick?
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Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:34:04 PM

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I believe you are worrying about the wrong things here, lets just eliminate the baiters altogether and also the whole idea of trapping and killing of animals.
KylaG
Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 8:03:12 PM
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A recent news article reported a rise in world cacao prices...if bears must be baited & trapped to move them from populated areas couldn't a cheaper and less dangerous bait be used? Not to mention one that doesn't raise the price of my favorite antidepressant?
How about all that cheese that is stored in underground salt caves? Or the milk, corn, and other products that are destroyed by the ton each year to keep prices down? Sure, bears are drawn to sugar, they are biologically programmed to fatten up each year before hibernation, and it is difficult to come by in their natural habitat; that is why they are willing to endure hundreds of bee stings to raid honey-filled hives.
IMO the Dept of Agriculture must have a few tricks tucked up their sleeves that could solve this with ease.
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