Members of the public feed bear cubs at Yellowstone Bear World. Jay Pratte, director of animal care, conservation and education at Utica Zoo, estimated the bears were 8 months old when the photo was taken.

Senate Bill 1084, which would reduce the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s oversight of animal facilities with a Class C Exhibitor’s License from the USDA, passed the House Resources and Conservation Committee on Wednesday.

The bill was introduced after reports from Fish and Game and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration each filed reports stating Yellowstone Bear World had committed multiple violations under both organizations’ regulations.

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