- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says it’s gotten a rash of reports about hungry bears getting into garbage, bird feeders, bee hives and chicken houses.

The department is reminding residents to take steps to secure food sources and make them inaccessible to bears.

Vermont’s wardens are responding almost daily to events involving bears in search of easy food.

Vermont’s bear biologist Forrest Hammond says once bears become used to these food sources and come into frequent human contact, people sometimes call them nuisance bears. But, they are just being bears. He says it’s nearly impossible to relocate nuisance bears and they frequently have to be put down.

The department says purposefully feeding bears is not only bad for the bears but is illegal in Vermont.

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