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Biologist: Humans are cause of bear problems

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Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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BEARS, LIKE THE one in this image shared by the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, may be attracted to human food sources, so humans have to take simple steps to reduce problems between bears and people.

MIDDLEBURY — Bears aren’t the problem — you are.

This was the gist of the presentation given Wednesday evening by Forrest Hammond, a bear biologist for Vermont Fish & Wildlife, to a crowd of locals concerned by the spate of recent bear sightings around the area. About 70 people crowded the Middlebury Town Offices for the talk, which covered the biology and behavior of the Eastern black bears that call Addison County home — and what we can do to mitigate their encroachment into our backyards.

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