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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
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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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