“This is something that is a good reminder of the strength and power of a bear,” a bear biologist said. “But it's not something that should prevent people from thinking they can safely recreate in Vermont's forests.”
We can decrease the number of human-bear conflicts. This includes simple actions such as not leaving trash outside or bird feeders out all year long. Additionally, properly fence in chicken coops and crops.
Last year, state officials recorded 650 bear incidents in Vermont. This year, there have been 700 and counting.
In the face of climate change, habitat loss, and increasing human encroachment into Vermont’s wild spaces, it is critical we all work together for the conservation of bears and their habitats.
Approximately 88% of all bear “incidents'' recorded by Vermont Fish & Wildlife during 2021 were simply that a bear was seen. That’s hardly a conflict.
Wildlife officials are urging Vermonters to take extra precautions -- like putting away bird feeders and securing garbage -- to avoid human-bear conflicts.
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