Krichbaum says that he is "appalled" by the DNR's decision, adding that he would sign an online petition urging officials spare the animals' lives.
"I'm totally opposed to that," he says, adding that people should be aware of the risks when venturing into regions where bears live. "I don't want to live in Disneyland. If you want to live in Disneyland, stay home."
It appears that backlash from Krichbaum and others are being heard; On Monday, wildlife officials said they planned to remove the traps that had been laid out to capture the bears.
Although bears have a dangerous reputation, attacks on humans are quite rare. According to the North American Bear Center, there have been 61 fatal mauling in the United States since 1900.