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Scientists deem grizzlies a bigger threat followng Grand Rapids man's death

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Yellowstone's grizzlies are going to be hungry this fall, and that means more dangerous meetings with humans in a year that is already the region's deadliest on record.

Forty-eight-year-old Kevin Kammer of Grand Rapids, Mich., was killed and two people were hospitalized in a grizzly attack in Montana, and another death occurred in Wyoming.

Scientists report that a favorite food of many bears, nuts from whitebark pine cones, is scarce.

So as grizzlies look to put on some pounds in preparation for the long winter ahead, they will be looking for another source of protein -- meat -- and running into trouble along the way.
Already wildlife managers report bears coming down into areas frequented by hunters and hikers.

John Ball Zoo offers admission discount for donations

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-  John Ball Zoo hopes that the $2.00 discount on admission this week will encourage visitors to help the zookeepers with their animal enrichment program.

Here is a list of what the zoo would like you to bring!



Sugar Cane - An edible "toy" that takes a long time to consume.






Sugar Cane - An edible "toy" that takes a long time to consume.


Sugar Free Kool-Aid - Sometimes frozen in a bucket along with fruit or vegetables and even a rat or mouse can be a cooling popsicle!

Dried Fruits - A treat alone or mixed with other food items.

Saltines - Crumbled over a bowl of food. Alone as a treat.

Sugar Free Cereal - Same as above.

Mixed Nuts (w/shell) - Another special treat that takes a little effort to consume

GR commissioner misses meeting for movie shoot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Chickens took a backseat to pigskins -- and movie cameras -- for a western Michigan city commissioner.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Saturday that Grand Rapids 3rd Ward Commissioner James White was shooting scenes the night of Aug. 10 for "Touchback" starring Kurt Russell.

White missed a meeting where commissioners killed a proposed ordinance to allow residents to keep hens in backyards.

White declined to discuss the issue but praised Russell. The ordinance lost by a 3-3 vote.

The 70-year-old community theater veteran plays an assistant coach alongside Russell.

The movie that co-stars Melanie Lynskey and Christine Lahti is shooting this month in and around Grand Rapids.

White had a role this summer in the Mario Van Peebles-directed "Things Fall Apart."