After several recent human-bear encounters in Idaho and Wyoming, wildlife managers are reminding hunters and others heading into the region's backwoods to properly store their food and garbage to keep conflicts with the curious and ravenous predators to a minimum.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials say anyone who leaves food out is baiting bears.
The animals have a tremendous sense of smell and become habituated to humans if they discover people are associated with easy meals.
The agency urges hunters to keep a clean camp, store garbage in bear-resistant containers or high in trees -- out of reach of black bears and grizzlies.
In mid-August, four people in and near Yellowstone National Park were injured in separate bear encounters, though all escaped with minor bite and scratch wounds.