Black bear in Vermont woods
Josh Rinehults

Green Mountain National Forest officials are warning hikers and campers to safely store all food and keep campsites clean following a spike in encounters with bears.

Black bears are active again with warmer weather, and New York officials are warning people not to attract them with food left outside.

Lisa Dickey traveled across the whole of Russia three times - in 1995, 2005 and 2015 - making friends in eleven different cities, then coming back again and again to see how their lives had changed. Like the acclaimed British documentary series Seven Up!, she traces the ups and downs of ordinary people’s lives, in the process painting a deeply nuanced portrait of modern Russia.

Her book is Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys across a Changing Russia.

State conservation officers are trying to trap a bear that attacked a steer on a southeastern Adirondack farm.

A black bear appears to be making rounds in New York's suburban Rockland County.

A Vermont man has been charged by the state Fish and Wildlife Department with intentionally feeding bears.

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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says it's getting more complaints about bear visits.

We expect to see bears in the woods, but now the bears are showing up in the suburbs and the cities. for more on why the number of encounters with bears is up, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with research biologist Brian Underwood,  an adjunct professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and  Forestry in Syracuse, who also does work for the U.S. Geological Survey.