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As Weather Warms, Watch for Bears in the Outdoors

By March 17, 2012

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Brown bear while fishingNow that things are starting to warm up, wildlife officials across much of the West are warning hunters and fly fishing anglers to watch for hungry bears emerging from their dens.

On Idaho's Upper Snake Region, for example, the Idaho Fish and Game writes on its Facebook page (which is worth a "Like" if you live in Idaho by the way) that "both black and grizzly bears can be found in the Upper Snake Region, but it is generally the male of both species that comes out first. ... Because of this focus by bears to regain lost fat reserves, everyone heading out to bear country should keep their eyes open and act accordingly."

For more information be sure to read our piece on what to do when you encounter a bear. And, if you dare, one trout hunter's death-defying bear encounter.

A bear cub the author ran into while fishing in California. Photo by Brian Milne.

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