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Bear-feeding Pot Grower Fined $6000 | Care2 Causes

Bear-feeding Pot Grower Fined $6000 | Care2 Causes

Allan Piche loved his pot and he loved his bears. When the RCMP raided his property, they charged him on both counts, and now the Christina Lake man is being fined $6,000. That’s just for the bear feeding . He has yet to face the music on his growing op. When the police showed up at the rural home about 500 kilometers east of Vancouver, they found a lot more than 1,000 marijuana plants (or 2,300 , according to one account). Wandering around the property were 10 black bears. They were so accustomed to humans , they were calm and friendly around the police. Piche and his wife, Kathleen, had been shelling out $200 a week to feed their grow-op guards. Piche insisted he had been feeding a couple dozen bears for ten years, not to guard his illegal plants but because he liked having them around. That left conservation officers with a dilemma. If Piche suddenly stopped feeding the...

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