In Michigan you can be sent to jail for touching a bear. This is not an old blue law, this law is from March of 2013.
Under the legislation it is now illegal to touch or in any way interact with a bear older than 36 weeks or that weighs more than 90 pounds.
Granted, we do not have too many bears in Rochester Hills but with a growing population of deer, wild turkeys, foxes and coyotes can bear be far behind?
Now in fairness to the state legislature which, your Examiner is sure, handled this bill after they had handled all the job creation and crime reduction bills necessary to improve the quality of life in Michigan. They actually changed an earlier law that prohibited interacting with 20 weeks of age.
Oswald’s Bear Farm in Newberry had asked for the change after being informed they were violating the law in their bear rescue business. Oswald’s, which is a pleasant weekend trip from Rochester and is open from Memorial Day to the end of September each year. It is the largest bear ranch in the United States. They have 29 bears in four habitats.
Still, the question remains, “how do you ask the bear for identification?”
Learning more about Rochester Hills
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- Best Italian restaurant.
- Best place to change a taillight.
- Best place to buy a mattress.
Books about Rochester and Rochester Hills
- “Rochester and Rochester Hills”, part of the images of America series.
- “Earth Eyes, Rochester Hills, Michigan”: Including Rochester Hills’ history, Thelma G. Spencer Park, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Crittenton Hospital and more.
- “A Pitch in Time”, the story of baseball in Rochester written by Robert Lytle, owner of Lytle Pharmacy in downtown Rochester.