BURNETT COUNTY (WKOW) -- In Burnett County, in northwest Wisconsin, bears are becoming a real problem.
People in the town of Siren are asking the Department of Natural Resources to help curb the sprawling population.
They've had a number of run-ins with bears on their property recently.
Mickey Shauer had a close encounter with a mama and her three cubs.
"I go up and I fill those bird feeders and I hear, 'Mmmmmm.' At first I didn't know what the heck it was, and somebody said, 'Don't you know there's bears around?"
Buzz Byrne is the Burnett County Supervisor who introduced a resolution last week pleading with the DNR for help.
"The last few month and the last few years even, we've seen an increase in bear complaints," says Byrne.
Wildlife biologist Steve Hoffman says the DNR is doing what it can, including raising the number of permits for this year's bear hunt by 25%.
But he says residents can help too by taking in their trash and taking down their bird feeders.
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