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      Poll: Don't touch the bears?

      For almost 30 years, Oswald's Bear Ranch in Newberry has allowed visitors to take pictures with bear cubs.

      Last year the ranch was forced to discontinue the photos until Governor Rick Snyder amended Michigan Law, allowing the ranch to carry on.

      Now, less than six months after the amendment, the ranch is again under attack, except this time on the federal level.

      A statement from the Detroit Zoological Society says handling and using bear cubs for photo opportunities threatens public safety and significantly compromises animal welfare.

      Ranch owner Dean Oswald told TV6's Beth Cefalu he's had bears since 1984 and has never had anyone bit or injured by a bear.

      If this federal petition passes, other establishments allowing contact with large carnivores or primates, like the DeYoung Family Zoo in Wallace, could also be targeted.

      Tonight in the Daily Pulse we're wondering: Do you think national organizations should be able to bar the public from handling bear cubs? Yes or no? Why or why not?