While there have been several encounters between grizzly bears and humans in northwestern Wyoming already, there could be more as hunting season approaches. That’s according to Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Large Carnivore Supervisor Dan Thompson, who says the annual whitebark pine survey, indicates a poor pine cone production this year. The seeds of whitebark pine are high in fat content, and are a sought after food source as bears prepare for winter hibernation. Thompson says in years of lower cone production, bears tend to range farther in search of alternative food sources. Thompson points out that grizzlies are amazingly adaptable and will do fine, but will be moving to where they can find other food sources. That means hunters and recreationists are more apt to encounter bears in their activities. Thompson recommends that all recreationists mentally prepare themselves for a bear encounter and carry bear deterrent.