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Mr. Kelly said the bear is kept in a cage while dogs on 3-foot leashes bark at it, with judges rating the dogs on how well they pay attention to and become accustomed to being close to the much bigger animal.
That description isn’t backed up by the Humane Society’s videos, which clearly show the dogs and bear swatting each other. The dogs aren’t on leashes, and one of them was injured after the bear slapped it, Mr. Markarian said.
Mr. Markarian said bear baying is illegal in all states but South Carolina, though a review of some of those laws shows the ban is by default. North Carolina, for instance, has a law against keeping black bears in captivity except for zoos or for scientific research, but has no explicit ban on baying.
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