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Bears in the Kitchen

Brandon Smith in the kitchen where he found a bear (photo by Matthew Striver)

Brandon Smith, a 21-year-old biology student, came downstairs for breakfast at his home in southern Colorado last week to find a black bear by the refrigerator.

He ran back to the bedroom, closed the door and grabbed his phone. The bear wandered back out through a door, which had been left open for the family pets, and was gone by the time the authorities arrived.

Last week, a bear attacked hikers on an expedition in Alaska. How come there are increasing stories of people having run-ins with bears?

Scientists say that climate change is disrupting the normal habits of bears. And we should expect more close encounters.

Read more in this story at the New York Times.