Years ago, someone suggested that I put the feeders out during the day and
just bring them in at night. We had a family of bears visit us during the
day so I did not try that again....until this year. So far so good but
does anyone have thoughts or recommendations for feeding during the day but
bringing feeders in at night?
(Usually birding in) Westford
On Wed, May 18, 2016 at 11:18 AM, Kent McFarland <
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> Hi Folks,
> There have been some recent discussions on the Upper Valley bird list about
> bird feeding and bear, specifically, in regards to the law about bear
> feeding. This morning I was able to exchange emails with Mark Scott,
> Director of Wildlife at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Mark was
> extremely helpful in clarifying the law and the departments suggestions in
> regards to bird feeders.
> Here is what I learned from Mark:
> Is it illegal to feed birds in any season in Vermont?
> No. People who feed birds and have a bear visiting their feeder will not be
> cited with a wildlife violation unless they have been contacted by a state
> game warden to remove their bird feeder or other planted unnatural food
> source and fail to do so.
> What are the suggested bird feeding periods from the VT Fish and Wildlife
> The VFWD strongly recommends now that people stop feeding birds who live in
> an area where bears are known to travel or are getting recent reports of
> bears in the area they live. VFWD usually advise people to take the bird
> feeders down from April through November. However in mild winters such as
> we just encountered, some bears who don’t den or awaken from their den due
> to warm weather or a disturbance, may be searching for food all winter.
> Generally if we have six inches of snow on the ground, bears have a
> difficult time finding wild foods and will den.
> You can find more information on the VFWD "Living with Black Bears" web
> page at
> I hope this information helps. We certainly do not want to create any
> nuisance bears through bird feeding, so please do consider all the
> Kent McFarland
> Vermont Center for Ecostudies
> PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
> 802.649.1431 x2