BURLINGTON, VT. >> A national study led by University of Vermont researchers has found indications of wild bee declines in 23 percent of the continental United States.

The Times Argus reports <URL destination="http://bit.ly/1mMIoYa">the study is the first to map wild bee populations across the lower 48 states.

</URL>In areas where crops depend on bee pollination, researchers found a steeper decline, putting the number at an estimated 39 percent.

In many areas, including 139 counties around the country, researchers found a "threatening mismatch" between the demand for pollination and the decline of wild bees.

UVM's Gund Institute was joined in the work by scientists from Franklin and Marshall College, University of California at Davis and Michigan State University.

A researcher said Vermont was not one of the areas seeing bee decline.

This story has been corrected to show there were indications of bee decline in 23 percent of areas checked, not that bee populations had declined by 23 percent throughout the entire continental United States.

Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/