Kodiak, Alaska (KINY) A lackluster berry crop may have led to more beat sightings in parts of Alaska this year.
The State Department of Fish and Game said they have not received reports of a higher than normal number of bear sightings but they have learned the berry crop failure has led to more encounters with humans in 2017.
The Fish and Game emphasized it is very important to report bear sightings to them or State Troopers.
When berry crops fail or produce less than normal, bears can become nutritionally stressed and be more prone to stroll into town to look for food. They advise residents to fully secure their garbage and not leave anything around that might tempt a bear to visit.