WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP) — A mother bear who was caught near Dartmouth College and moved to northern New Hampshire last year has been seen in Vermont.

The bear, nicknamed Mink, was caught last June and released with a tracking collar after she and her cubs were found raiding trash bins and bird feeders.

The Valley News reports wildlife officials confirmed that Mink was spotted in Woodstock, Vermont, about 20 miles from Hanover, Wednesday. She's since moved on. They said she had denned up for the winter in Pomfret.

Andrew Timmins, bear project leader for New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department, said he and colleagues checked on Mink in her den. They said she weighed about 165 pounds, down from 200 last year. She appeared to be in good condition.

Her four cubs are likely to be released from a bear preserve soon.


Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

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