Bear Sighted At UVM

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UVM students are being warned after a bear was spotted on campus.

A student reported seeing the bear near a Dumpster on the south end of Coolidge Hall on Wednesday morning.

The Burlington Free Press reports that the bear was last seen heading south toward the UVM soccer fields. Campus police searched but did not find the animal.

Police issued safety tips to students, telling them to remain a safe distance from any wild animal and to call Police Services. They also warned not to approach a wild animal, corner, taunt or feed it.

Bear sightings are rare in Burlington.

Police have been asking city residents to report any bear sightings since May 2003, when a black bear was spotted at Lakeview Cemetery, on North Avenue.

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