Dry summer means more encounters with hungry bears
by Mary Esch, Associated Press
August 09, 2012 11:45 AM | 377 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In this May 9, 2012 photo provided by Donna Wiltsie, a bear searches a porch for food in Catskill, N.Y. With their normal summer diet of greens and berries shriveled by summer heat and drought, hungry bears in New York and other states have been rummaging through garbage, ripping through screens and crawling into cars in search of sustenance. (AP Photo/Donna Wiltsie)
In this May 9, 2012 photo provided by Donna Wiltsie, a bear searches a porch for food in Catskill, N.Y. With their normal summer diet of greens and berries shriveled by summer heat and drought, hungry bears in New York and other states have been rummaging through garbage, ripping through screens and crawling into cars in search of sustenance. (AP Photo/Donna Wiltsie)
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A July 22, 2012 photo released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shows damage done by a bear to the exterior of a candy store in Old Forge, N.Y. With their normal summer diet of greens and berries shriveled by summer heat and drought, hungry bears in New York and other states have been rummaging through garbage, ripping through screens and crawling into cars in search of sustenance. (AP Photo/NYSDEC)
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OLD FORGE, N.Y. (AP) _ Hungry bears are rummaging through garbage, ripping through screens and crawling into cars in search of sustenance as hot weather nationwide shrivels up their normal summer diet of greens and ber-ries.

Bears have broken into candy stores in New York state and Colorado recently. The U.S. Forest Service closed two campgrounds at the end of July because of bears raiding picnic baskets and coolers.

Weather-related bear problems are nothing new, as natural food supplies vary from year to year depending on rainfall and other factors. But biologists say this summer has been a particularly busy one, at least in New York.

While property has been damaged by foraging bears, no human injuries have been reported in New York this year.

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