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Vt. warns of hungry bears in delayed spring

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people to take down bird feeders because hungry bears are beginning to emerge from winter hibernation and finding there isn't any food because of the late spring.

Biologists say bears typically begin to emerge from their winter dens when food becomes accessible, but this year the animals aren't finding much to eat.

State Wildlife Director Mark Scott says the state is urging Vermonters to take down bird feeders, seal garbage and "turn in the electric fence around your chicken coop of beehive.

The late spring could benefit the moose herd, however, because snow that persists through April can reduce the number of ticks on the animals.

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