ABC News reports that across the West, communities are in the midst of a black bear epidemic this summer as the hungry critters venture into backyards and neighborhoods in a search for food.
Cities like Vail, Colo., have received more than 50 calls about problem bears in August alone. Bear calls are also skyrocketing in places like Aspen. Police there recorded 292 calls about bears in August, compared to only 38 last year, according to the Aspen Times.
The bear encounters has largely been fueled by a search for food, something bears will need a lot more of as they bulk up for winter hibernation. In other words, the problem is about to get worse.