Bear-Vehicle Collisions A Growing Problem In State

July 11, 2013

in News

Associated Press

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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Whitney Browning July 14, 2013 at 8:02 am

Wildlife officials want the public to report bears when they see them. You can do it online. Click here for more information.

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