The grinning man with greying hair darts backwards as a black bear playfully paws at a green pail the man is hoisting before slopping out food for two of the hungry beasts.

“Hi, my name is Allen. I’m the guy in Christina Lake who’s been feeding the bears,” said Allen Piche in a video posted online.

The bears have become world famous after RCMP stumbled across the docile creatures as officers roamed fields of marijuana on a wooded property in British Columbia’s southeast.

While Piche makes no mention of charges police laid against two adults in their 40s for the alleged grow-op, he calmly spoke of developments in the bears’ livelihoods.

“(Conservation officers have) assured me now that we will not be killing any bears,” he said in the video.

But B.C.’s environment minister on Thursday said he is concerned the video will set a bad example.

“The most disturbing thing about that video from my perspective is that it could create an impression with people watching the video that it’s OK to feed wildlife like bears,” Barry Penner said.