The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says the late spring means many of the state's bears are hungry and that is increasing the number of bear complaints they are receiving.
Vermont Bear Biologist Forrest Hammond is urging Vermonters to remove any food sources that would cause bears to associate people with food.
Things that bears find attractive include pet food, barbecue grills and compost. Garbage bins should be left in garages, sheds or basements.
Bird feeders are one of the most common reasons bears are attracted to homes. People should remove bird feeders and clean up the seeds that might have fallen on the ground.
Electric fences can be erected around garbage bins, chicken coops, beehives and other potential food sources.
People are reminded to never approach bears.