The Bears Are Out There

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Governor Shumlin recently encountered a mother bear and her
three cubs who were interested in his bird feeder at his home in Montpelier.
The current population of around 6,000 bears in Vermont
is believed to be the highest since European settlement began in the state.
Combine this with continued residential and commercial development and the likelihood of human-bear
interaction increases.

State wildlife biologist Forrest Hammond discusses Vermont’s
efforts to control the bear population and the factors that impact the Eastern
Black Bear’s environment.We also hear from author Ben Kilham on bear behaviors. 

Also on the program, we get another perspective on dairy issues and milk supply from
Robert Wellington, Senior Vice President for Economics, Communication
and Legislative Affairs for the Agri-Mark dairy cooperative. Wellington
has been in Washington this week lobbying legislators to include a
revenue insurance program in the new Farm Bill that he says would help
stabilize supply issues for farmers around the country and help stop the
hemorrhaging of Vermont dairy farms.

And Middlebury College
has sent a slam poetry team of their top five poets to the national
competition in La Verne, California
this week. Forty schools from around the country are competing. We hear about
the Middlebury team called Poor Form Poetry.


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