South Burlington residents left on edge after a bear comes too close to homes

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Residents living off of Nowland Farm Drive in South Burlington remain vigilant after a bear was spotted within feet of people’s homes. 

South Burlington Police Chief Shawn Burke shared a message on Instagram warning people to “check your properties for food sources.”

The bear was casually walking across Julie Beatty’s back yard, adjacent to Dorey Road. 

“It’s still a little alarming to see a bear in the neighborhood,” said Beatty. While she didn’t see the bear herself, a neighbor snapped the photo and sent it to her. Beatty says, her husband had just come in from cutting the lawn. 

One woman walking her dog around the neighborhood says, she typically allows her dog to have free roamed of the backyard. For now, she will keep her dog on a short leash.

Then we found Rosanne Greco, her home surveillance system captured the bear walking right up to her composting station.

While she is worried about the children and animals in the neighborhood, she feels that people should do more to protect these animals.

“I am worried as we continue to destroy the forest areas, fields & meadows. If we let them have their home they will not be worrying about our compost.”

Chief Burke did give this final advice to Julie Beatty, who is an avid runner. 

“Chief Burke told me to carry a horn. I don’t know if we will really do that. I was thinking a whistle. It’s a concern, but hopefully, it will not a common thing,” said Beatty.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife encourages everyone to do their part to help keep bears wild, and so they don’t become a “problem bear”. You can find out more here

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