I think, and this is just my opinion there are several reasons. One being the fact is that these bears have not been hunted since 1975, having said that they have no fear of humans, We are looking at 2 or 3 generations of bears that have been raised without the awareness that conflict with humans can be lethal. I personally think that most people do not give them enough credit as far as how intelligent they are. Take the wolf reintroduction in the lower 48 for example. When they were finally delisted after 7 yrs. of litigation the bunny huggers were saying O MY GOD ! they are gonna get wiped out. The reality of it is The wolves sorted it out after getting shot at and right now each hunter in the state can buy 5 wolf tags and they're numbers are still growing. They are smart and not an easy animal to hunt, I believe the bears are just as smart if not smarter. Secondly, we are dealing with a large portion of the bear population that have moved out of Yellowstone and Glacier Park due to the expanding population within the parks and these bears have developed bad habits due to the fact that they were exposed to stupid human behavior such as feeding them etc.. Another reason is these bears in addition to having no fear of humans, they are moving into areas where conflict is inevitable - just too **** many people - and yes we certainly have our fair share of idiots moving into the state that just don't get it! I think they need to be taken off the Endangered Species List and and have controlled limited hunting in the areas that need it the most. Good luck with that one though- a few years back they tried to get the bears off the list and the bunny huggers said "WE CANT DO THAT BECAUSE THE CUTTHROAT TROUT POPULATION IS DECLINING" then it was "WE CANT DO IT NOW BECAUSE THE WHITEBARK PINE NUT TREES ARE DYING" their claim was these fish and nuts were their primary food source. The bear population is doing extremely well so we all know the bunny huggers don't have a clue as to what the hell they are talking about. The fish and nuts theory was a line of horse#%@. Next it will be O MY GOD THE GOPHERS AND FIELD MICE ARE IN DECLINE! that's my 2 cents worth. Thanks for the reply XSVIPD@Tdeyo I thi k you guys might be having more problems with bears than here in Alaska.
I wonder how much of it is because we've learned to live with them as a way of life up here vs people in the lower 48 where a bear is more of an abstract threat that they don't really think about much.