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Beware of hungry bears

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DANBY, Vt. -

Beware-- the bears are back and they are hungry.

The Cameron family in Danby had a bear show up in their backyard. The bear stole and chugged down milk that was meant for the family's pigs. The bear stuck around for a few hours before they managed to scare it off.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials remind people to remove all food sources from their yards, including trash and bird feeders, to help keep bears away.

"People sometimes unintentionally encourage bears to come out of the forest by providing food," Forrest Hammond, Vermont's bear biologist, said in a news release. "Once bears become used to these food sources and come into frequent human contact, people sometimes call them nuisance bears. But, they are just being bears! It is nearly impossible to relocate a nuisance bear. Unfortunately, they frequently have to be put down."

Fish and wildlife officials say some of the most common things that attract bears are: bird feeders, barbecue grills, garbage, household trash containers, open dumpsters, pet food and campsites with accessible food and food wastes.

They also recommend keeping chickens and honeybees behind an electric fence or other bear-proof enclosure.

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