- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Bird watchers in New Hampshire and Vermont are being asked to take down their feeders a few weeks earlier than usual because of hungry bears.

New Hampshire’s sanctioned bird feeding season continues through March 31, but the state Fish and Game Department is asking residents to remove their bird feeders now because, after a mild winter, bears are coming out of their dens about a month earlier. Andrew Timmins, the department’s bear project leader, says the recent stretch of warm, spring-like weather got many wildlife species moving again, including hungry bears.

Last year, the state handled 394 complaints involving bears, the lowest in 20 years.

Vermont officials also have made a similar request regarding bird feeders.

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