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Aug 9, 2012 12:30 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Dry summer means more encounters with hungry bears

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 berries.

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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