State warns of hungry bearsMarch 29,2014State warns of
Vermont residents are being urged to take down bird feeders because hungry bears are beginning to emerge from winter hibernation and finding the late arrival of spring means they can’t get much to eat, the Department of Fish & Wildlife said Friday.
The cold end to winter and beginning of spring also could be hard on Vermont’s deer, which use up much of their fat reserves during the winter, but it could benefit moose because the winter ticks that have become a problem for many moose don’t survive prolonged cold weather. Moose aren’t as bothered by deep snow.
Despite the cold and snowy weather, bears are being spotted across the state, officials said.
“Once we receive reports bears are out and about, we urge Vermonters to remove any bear attractants,” said Mark Scott, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s director of wildlife. “Take down your birdfeeder, seal up your garbage and turn on the electric fence around your chicken coop or beehive.”
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