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Everything Animals: Spring Animal Concerns

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials are warning that now is the time to take down birdfeeders to avoid tempting bears.

As the animals come out of hibernation, they're looking for food.

Birdfeeders, trash cans and pet food are all easy sources for Vermont's estimated 6,000 bears.

It's one of the reasons wildlife officials are reporting more interactions between humans and bears.

"The other factor is we're going into the more remote places as people. We're building more in their territory. So it just creates a situation where you can have more conflicts between people and wildlife," says Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist David Sausville.

Moose encounters are up too.

Biologists say the leftover salt on roads attracts the animal to them, leading to a number of collisions with cars.

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