Pandemic bad news for bears - WCAX

Food scraps and the Pandemic Stay-at-Home Effect are bad news for Vermont bears.

"Bear project leader Andrew Timmins says complaints have increased in part because dry weather reduced natural food sources for bears, driving them into residential areas. But the pandemic also is playing a role in several ways: More people are staying home, which means more garbage bins full of food waste to attract bears. And bird watchers kept their feeders up longer into the summer.”

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