VT Wildlife Officials Seek Help Tracking Tagged Bears

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/30 2014 11:40AM

Updated 05/30 2014 11:42AM

Credit: Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. - Vermont wildlife officials are seeking the public's help tracking tagged bears.

A press release says members of the public who spot a bear in their yards are asked to contact the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. 

“We’re asking for people to bear-proof their yards to discourage this bear from developing additional bad habits while there is still time,” said Forrest Hammond, bear project leader for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “Put away your birdfeeders, secure your garbage, bring in pet food and take in anything else that might attract this or other bears.  If you have chickens or bee hives, we recommend putting electric fencing around them to deter bears.”

Officials are looking for a specific yearling male bear that wandered north from Connecticut. The bear has a red tag in each ear with the number CT 024. The bear is part of an ongoing wildlife research project in the state.

The department says the bear has been spotted in Brattleboro, Guilford, Dummerston, and Marlboro. 

People who see this bear with red ear tags should contact Hammond by filing a Bear Incident Report on the department’s website at vtfishandwildlife.com.  Simply click on the image of a bear holding a bear feeder to access the report.  To report more serious bear damage, phone your local game warden directly.

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