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Beware of bears out of hibernation

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A warning to Vermonters to be on the look out for bears this winter.

Officials with the Fish and Wildlife Department say changing weather conditions, including rain and a lack of snow, may cause black bears to leave their dens.

The department says the wild animals have turned up in a number of residential areas and that one black bear killed a hunter's dog in Elmore already this winter.

Bear experts say hunters, hikers and skiers should steer clear of areas where they see bear tracks.

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