Vermont Governor Outruns Black Bears

Vermont Governor Outruns Black Bears

Shumlin trying to protect birdfeeders

Vermont governor Peter Shumlin was chased by black bears on Wednesday night as he tried to protect four birdfeeders hanging from a tree at his house in Montpelier, Vermont. Shumlin first tried yelling at the bears, then went outside to take the feeders down. As he retreated inside, the biggest of the bears charged and came within six feet. "I sleep like many Vermont boys, without too much clothing at night," Shumlin said. "The bottom line is: The bears were dressed better than I and they could have done some real damage." He offered the story as a warning to all Vermonters: always bring in your feeders before nightfall.

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