Laramie, Wy – There is a shortage of the food grizzly bears traditionally eat at this time of year in the Yellowstone Ecosystem. Officials from the Shoshone National Forest say this is causing bears to move into areas where people are camping or recreating. This has led to three people being attacked. And Wildlife Biologist, Lynette Otto, says it is possible there will be more this fall, but if people are cautious and keep their camps clear attacks may be avoided.
Grizzlies usually eat a lot of whitebark pine nuts in the fall, but that crop is down significantly this season. Otto says the lack of food should not have any effect on the population of grizzlies in the area.