Seeingblack bears is not something new for residents of Vermont who spend timeoutdoors. Spotting the dark silhouette of one of New England’s largest animalsis exciting. However, more and more bear sightings are occurring not in thewild but in our neighborhoods and backyards. When bears and humans cross paths,and bears venture into our neighborhoods, problems arise and unfortunately,bears often pay the ultimate price for these interactions.
VINS is pleased to host Forrest Hammond from VTFish and Wildlife Department for a discussion on our new backyard visitors:bears. We will explore why bears are coming into human populated areas in thefirst place and dig into the various problems that can stem from theseencounters. Most importantly, this talk will highlight what we can do in ourown neighborhoods and backyards to keep ourselves, our property, and our bearssafe and minimize the negative impacts we have on wildlife.