ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Black bear sightings have been unusually high this summer in Douglas County in southern Oregon, with some bears passing through the area and others sticking around and causing problems for people.
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Federal wildlife officials told The News-Review in Roseburg it is partly because the berry crop is late this year so many of the animals are hungry and trying to fatten up for winter.
The lack of their natural food source means bears are coming out of the forest to find a meal by tipping over garbage cans, eating dog food, killing livestock and even expecting handouts from humans.
Officials say those handouts are one of the most serious problems because bears that expect food from humans are dangerous and can damage property and threaten livestock.
Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com
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