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Why Early Summer Brings More Bear Sightings

Early summer is normally a busy time for bear sightings, but this year some people are seeing more bears than usual. There are several reasons bears roam around in June, but only two reasons bear sightings in your area may be on the rise.

Reason #1: There are more people in bear country. The pandemic accelerated one trend that was already well underway: people moving out of cities and urban centers in search of a better quality of life. On top of that, the number one destination for getting away from the pandemic has become national and state parks, campgrounds and all things outdoors.

Bear near a carBears can’t get away from it all; they must find ways to adapt to more people in their backyard. If a bear denned up in the woods last winter and woke up next to a housing development this spring, people notice when it lumbers off through the neighborhood in search of quieter quarters. Or worst case scenario, doesn’t lumber off, because it discovers that people aren’t all bad; they seem to have brought an endless and dependable food supply with them.

Reason #2: Tech is everywhere. Today more people have smart home security systems and doorbells linked to cameras that record everyone and everything walking by 24/7. And more people working from home means someone is always watching. Even a decade ago bears could wander through mostly unnoticed; today the bears that trudge through neighborhoods trying to get from here to there wind up on YouTube with their own Facebook pages and Instagram accounts.

Where are the bears going?

Most bears spotted in unlikely or unusual places in June fall into three categories... Read the full article

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