Be proactive to coexist with bears

COEXISTING WITH BEARS has become an essential skill in parts of Vermont. Bird feeders, compost, unsecured garbage, and other food sources left out during the warm months when bears have emerged from their dens are a serious source of risk to bears, potentially encouraging them to spend time in human dominated landscapes. Following the recommended steps below can help keep both you and the bears safe. Photo/Vermont Fish & Wildlife

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is receiving reports this spring from across the state of black bears seeking food in yards, outbuildings and livestock enclosures, and the department urges Vermonters to take proactive steps for safely coexisting with bears.

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