Related Program: Wyoming Stories Wyoming Stories: Ruth Michels remembers a Yellowstone bear encounter By Sydney Dalis • Nov 8, 2013 Related Program: Wyoming Stories TweetShareGoogle+Email Ruth Michels Credit Micah Schweizer Listen Listening... / 1:36 Ruth Michels lives in Cody, but she grew up in Laramie. Here, she remembers a childhood encounter with a black bear at Yellowstone National Park. Tags: Yellowstone National ParkWyoming StoriesbearsCodyTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Scarce pine seeds boost chance of bear encounters By Stephanie Joyce • Aug 23, 2013 Dcrjsr / Creative Commons A shortage of whitebark pine seeds could mean more human-bear interactions in western Wyoming this fall.When whitebark pine seeds are plentiful, Yellowstone bears spend the fall gorging themselves on the fatty, protein-rich morsels, up in the high alpine. But not every year is good.“It’s a boom-bust cycle, and there’s not always a high amount of pinecones available, so they just find other foods to eat,” says Wyoming Game and Fish Large Carnivore Supervisor Dan Thompson.