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Patch's Poll: What Are You Most Afraid Of In The Woods?

Bears are emerging from hibernation - the DEEP says be careful! Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued a reminder recently that bears are waking up from their winter hibernation hungry and grumpy, and to take precautions when out in the woods.

"These steps become increasingly important as bears emerge from winter hibernation looking for food and because the state’s bear population is growing.  This growing and expanding population is estimated at approximately 500 bears, increasing the need for people to know how to prevent problems," said the press release. 

"In 2011, the DEEP received nearly 3,000 bear sighting reports from 122 of Connecticut’s 169 towns.  This spring, the department has already received several reports of bears traveling through populated areas and coming into contact with humans and domestic animals.  When bears emerge from their winter dens, natural foods are scarce and, as a result, bears are often attracted to human-provided foods found near homes."

This got us thinking - what are you scared of bumping into in the woods? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Mark April 30, 2012 at 02:29 AM
You are likely to see a higher population of deer nowadays as compared with when I was a child. Because deer live within populated areas, they are protected since you can't hunt in populated areas. Most hunters are responsible naturalist that appreciate nature, respect life and want to preserve nature. On the flip side, there is no evidence that coyotes are decimating the deer and pet population. You can review the state records to rest your fears. They live mostly on small rodents. The biggest threat in the woods by far are ticks (Lyme disease). I really enjoy seeing all these animals pass through my yard. No bears yet though.
Robert Nyman April 30, 2012 at 09:32 AM
LYME DISEASE IS A PANDEMIC.
J.D. May 09, 2012 at 03:38 AM
It appears with all your constant negative comments that you drank too much swap water.
Jeff Brown May 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM
When i lived up in vermont i ran into a moose in the woods! But I'd have to say ticks , when i was at bluff point monday i pulled 13 off my dog, and i was talking to a lady who pulled 27 off of her dog!
Pem McNerney May 10, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Agreed ...

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