Saturday June 22, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Starting next month, it will be illegal to feed bears in Vermont in an effort to cut down on problems between people and the animals.

State Wildlife Biologist Forrest Hammond has said the state has received reports from across Vermont of bears seeking food at bird feeders, bee hives, chicken coops and other sources.

He says people can help by removing any food sources that may tempt the animals; using electrical fencing to protect bee hives and chickens; and using noise-making devices to scare bears that come near houses.

The law repeals a requirement that the state reimburse a nonfarmer for damage by bears to livestock or bees. Farmers will still get reimbursed if their land is posted against hunting.