- Associated Press - Saturday, August 22, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s bear hunting season is around the corner.

The season starts Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 14. A later season runs from Nov. 15 through Nov. 23.

Vermont’s bear biologist Forrest Hammond says an abundance of apples, beechnuts, acorns and berries means bears will be feeding along power lines, in forest openings, old fields and forested beech and oak stands.

Vermont had less than 3,000 bears 25 years ago and they were concentrated in the mountains and the northeastern quarter of the state. Now the state has an estimated 6,000 bears.

While the population has grown so has the human population leading to encounters between the two.

Hammond recommend bringing inside bird seed and pet food and securing garbage containers, bee hives and chicken coops to reduce possible conflicts.

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