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Bear-vehicle collisions a growing problem in Vt.

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont wildlife officials say they are trying to figure out a solution to a growing problem of black bears wandering into roadways and being struck by vehicles.

Game Warden Sean Fowler says he responded to such an accident this past week on U.S. Route 2 in Marshfield.

Figures kept by the Fish & Wildlife Department's law enforcement division show collisions between bears and vehicles are on the rise. From 2005 to 2007, an average of 42 bears a year were struck and killed by vehicles. From 2010 to 2012, the average was 60 each year.

State officials are trying to keep bears in the wild and away from civilization in part through a new law that bans intentionally feeding the animals.

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