May 15, 2013

Bears visit two Maine towns

The Associated Press

RUMFORD — Spring doesn't just bring warmer temperatures to Maine, it also brings hungry bears out of hibernation.

Residents of at least two Maine communities have reported seeing bears foraging for food in residential neighborhoods in the past week or so. Police on Tuesday advised residents of one Rumford neighborhood to take in their bird feeders, gas grills and garbage cans after a black bear was spotted wandering around. Police tell the Sun Journal  that once the food sources are removed, the bears will return to the woods.

Early Monday morning, several residents in Ellsworth contacted police about a bear wandering around.

Authorities are warning people not to confront bears if they spot them.

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