Young bears such as these are at risk of becoming habituated to human food if allowed to raid garbage cans or scrounge on other human leftovers.

Batten down your garbage cans, fish with a buddy and don’t leave your picnic baskets unattended. Hungry bears are flocking to the Oregon coast early this year in search of food.

According to a release from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, a late wild salmonberry crop has left Oregon’s coastal black bear population without one of its primary summer food sources and is causing an increase in scavenging behavior from the lumbering omnivores.

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