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Hungry bears are everywhere, and officials in both New Hampshire and Vermont are asking residents to put away their bird feeders and limit bears’ access to food sources.

Bird feeders may seem benign, but they’re essentially magnets for hungry bears emerging from hibernation, New Hampshire Fish and Game officials have said.

Bird feeders were the direct cause of 25 percent of bear-human conflicts reported last year. In addition to bird feeders, other things that attracted bears included unprotected chickens or other poultry at 23 percent, and unsecured garbage cans or dumpsters at 38 percent.

The Concord Monitor on Tuesday reported that a group of bears was seen pilfering seed out of a Hopkinton, N.H., couple’s feeder this week.