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While Vermonters Stay In, Black Bears Venture Out

A black bear stands on its hind legs with its paws wrapped around a tree trunk.
Tom Rogers, Vermont Fish and Wildlife
The Vermont Dept. of Fish and Wildlife says the summer has seen both an increase in bear conflicts being investigated by game wardens, as well as a surge in bear sightings and other encounters.

If you've been seeing more black bears than usual, you're not alone. With a pandemic keeping Vermonters indoors, and a black bear population stressed by a hot, dry and food-scarce summer, state wildlife officials are responding to more incidents and sightings of bears venturing into our yards, garbage cans and compost bins. This hour, we'll talk with a black bear specialist about the environmental factors — and human behaviors — behind the increase.

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Due to the coming election and there being multiple candidates vying for the 2 Caledonia Senate seats, we decided not to air a previously scheduled interview that would give one candidate more air time over others as part of our July 15, 2020 show.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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