Dozens stop to watch young bear cubs climb tree

Dozens stop to watch young bear cubs climb tree along Vermont street.
Dozens stop to watch young bear cubs climb tree along Vermont street.

STOWE, Vt. (NBC) – A truly wild spectacle in Stowe, Vermont stopped traffic Wednesday and had dozens of people pausing to take pictures and stare at a pair of black bears who climbed to the near top of a tree.

“They’re adorable,” beamed Cindy Schneider, a traveler from Ohio.

“I know,” added Schneider’s friend, Sharon Filibeck. “You just want to hug them!”

However, biologists with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife said there is a serious lesson to be learned from the sight.

“It’s always best to keep your distance from bears,” said Tom Rogers of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Bears are generally not dangerous in Vermont, but it’s not something you want to test. You don’t want to keep pushing it.”

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